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Causes: Civil Rights, Crime & Law, Group Homes, Homeless & Housing, Housing Expense Reduction Support, Human Services, Legal Services, Seniors, Seniors Rights

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

Programs: D. C. Law office -lce operates a law office providing a complete range of free legal services to qualifying d. C. Residents age 60 and older, including the d. C. Long-term care ombudsman program. The purpose of the law office is to provide high quality legal services via staff attorneys, paralegals, volunteers and pro bono attorneys, especially in areas of basic needs for older d. C. Residents, with an emphasis on those individuals who are vulnerable or otherwise in greatest need. The d. C. Law office also operates five self-help legal offices in the local community. Self-help offices are facilities where older people can obtain information that allows them to resolve their own problems. The d. C. Law office also includes a legal advice line for d. C. Residents over the age of 60. The dc long-term care ombudsman program (dcltcop) advocacy services include monitoring the quality of care delivered to residents living in their homes in the community and receiving long-term care services through the dc medicaid elderly and persons with physical disabilities (epd) waiver program. The home and community-based services (hcbs) ombudsmen serve as advocates, protecting residents' rights and promoting the highest possible quality of life and quality of care.

education and training - provide information, education, counseling, training, and research to older persons and their care providers in the district of columbia. Clients are assisted on various matters including medicare and medicaid, landlord/tenant disputes, real property tax sale/foreclosure prevention, self help services, and consumer and legal issues. Funding for programs is provided by aarp, the u. S. Department of health and human services, and donations from individuals, law firms and private foundations.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly provides free legal services to the vulnerable elderly in Washington, DC. As a leader in the aging services in the Districts, I've seen first hand how they've helped seniors save their homes from predatory lending and tax sales, get the services they need to stay in their homes and apartments, helped nursing home residents get the quality care they deserve and help recognize and report Medicare fraud. They also perform a host of other sevices including wills, powers of attorney, ID theft prevention, benefits access and more. Because AARP provides office space and expenses for overhead, donations go directly to serving clients. They also do an amazing job of partnering with the big law firms in DC who provide pro bono help to people who really need it.