Legal Counsel for the Elderly

Rating: 5 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Crime & Law, Seniors

Location: 601 E Street NW Washington DC 20049 USA

Mission: Celebrating more than 35 years of service, Legal Counsel for the Elderly champions the dignity and rights of Washington, D.C.'s elderly by providing free legal help to those in need -- empowering, defending and protecting vulnerable seniors.
Results: Founded in 1975, LCE was recognized recently as "One of the best small charities in the Washington, D.C. region" by the Catalogue for Philanthropy.
Target demographics: Vulnerable, low-income seniors (age 60+) living in the District of Columbia
Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,000
Geographic areas served: District of Columbia

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) has a phenomenal staff that personally impact and uplift the poor elderly residents of Washington, DC. Beyond that personal interaction, LCE goes one important step further, by identifying systemic issues that are essentially obstacles to elderly residents living their best lives. Equally important is the fact that some of the most successful attorneys and law firms in the city provide their services pro bono to LCE. Priceless!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do more to get the word out about this wonderful service and expand it beyond the borders of Washington, DC

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I have worked with the Legal Counsel for the Elderly for over 20 year, and it is a terrific organization. The staff is totally dedicated to the mission and wonderful to work with. LCE fills a critical need in the District of Columbia protecting the rights of the city's elderly population.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have enjoyed working with Legal Counsel for the Elderly and assisting their clients in the preparation of wills and powers of attorney. The training provided was very helpful and the responsiveness of the organization to questions has been very quick.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

From personal experiences, I know that Legal Counsel for the Elderly is dedicated to its mission of providing representation for elderly residents of the District of Columbia. The staff of lawyers is led by Jan May, who not only is expert is elderly law but provides counsel to the greater community, works to achieve legislative goals and provides advice to the executive branch of city government. I should note my belief that the program works independently of AARP, its creator, so it can advocate for its clients without regard to any commercial interests. A solid program that should be replicated elsewhere.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Simplify access to its offices and redesign its computer system.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a retired attorney who lives in Washington, D.C. in a diverse neighborhood with a mix of all income brackets and ages. I am periodically approached for advice. I particularly noted that the elderly were particularly vulnerable and often taken advantage of by landlords, and creditors attempting unlawful collection actions against Social Security and VA benefits.
I identified this organization and referred 2 very needy senior citizen to them for help. I was so impressed with the compassionate help they provided at no cost that I became a recurring contributor. I have been so touched by the impact of their work and the peace of mind it gives to some of the most vulnerable of our society.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Their customer service is great. I would suggest they keep doing what they are doing so very well

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Definitely

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Definitely

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2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Smart programs, dedicated staff, meaningful impact. As a nonprofit professional and graduate of Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs, I gained the opportunity to work with and study a variety of nonprofit organizations. Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) ranks first on my list of the best nonprofits I've had the privilege to serve. Enthusiasm for their mission and devotion to their constituents is strongly felt throughout the organization. When combined with carefully crafted programs and thoughtful application of resources, LCE greatly exceeds the criteria of a model organization. Serving an area of great need in the District, LCE makes meaningful use of every donor dollar and if you are looking to support one organization, put LCE at the top of your list.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a Masters of Social Work student from Howard University School of Social Work, with a concentration in displaced populations, I have had the honor and privilege of interning at Legal Counsel for the Elderly: Alternatives to Landlord/Tenant Court Project, for two years. While under the supervision and guidance of the Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I have had the opportunity to assist the Alternatives Project in their proactive efforts to prevent homelessness and eviction for vulnerable elderly tenants in DC. Words cannot express how fortunate and gracious I am to have had the opportunity to observe such compassionate, empowering, non-judgmental, and holistic services to at-risk elders and their families; often facing mental, emotional, social, and environmental challenges. The team at LCE: Alternatives Project are truly an incredible illustration of how effective the collaboration of lawyers and social workers can be in insuring that vulnerable elders are not obtaining a Band-Aid, but acquiring comprehensive support services that attend to all of their psycho-social needs. I am a better social worker and individual from my experiences here at Legal Counsel for the Elderly: Alternatives to Landlord/Tenant Court Project.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

My time working with AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) after law school was truly life changing. LCE is a group of passionate advocates for the elderly community in the District of Columbia. I had the opportunity to work with talented legal professionals and volunteers who prioritized every client and treated everyone with respect no matter the issue and no matter the person's circumstances. My favorite part of working with LCE was the one-on-one client interaction. Books cannot give you that type of interaction. It was a great learning experience that taught me a person-centered approach to advocacy, and I know my time with LCE will impact the rest of my career.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What is unique about this organization?

LCE has a tremendous volunteer network, and it could not touch so many lives without the support of its passionate community of volunteers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

LCE provides vital services to the vulnerable elderly in DC. Their staff is lovely to work with and truly cares about making a difference in their clients' lives.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

The attorneys and support staff at Legal Counsel for the Elderly are all consummate professionals who are dedicated solely to advancing the interests of Washington, DC's vulnerable seniors. They are also a great group of people to work with -- friendly, passionate about their work, and confident that they are making a difference in their clients' lives. I would highly recommend this organization to others.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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