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Elder law addresses the legal needs of elderly people, including retirement benefits, estate planning, health care, and other issues.
Self-Help Books at the UNM Law Library
Elder & Senior Issues
AARP Tax Aide
Free tax assistance in Albuquerque. Call number provided for details.
Desert State Life Management
Provides for conservatorship and other protective programs. Provides representative payee, personal representative and court visitor services on a case-by-case basis after evaluation of client situation.
Law Access New Mexico
Provides free civil legal advice and referrals via telephone and fax only for low-income New Mexicans. Including but not limited to family law, landlord/tenant, public housing, public benefits, consumer law, child guardianship. Also hosts free workshops. They do not provide ongoing legal representation or go to court.Open 8:45-3:45 weekdays. Se habla español; translators available for other languages.
New Mexico Legal Aid
Providing free legal services to low-income residents of Bernalillo County. Will provide services in the areas of child support, AFDC(only in domestic violence related cases), food stamps, Medicaid, state disability and SSI unemployment benefits, Section8 housing,landlord/tenant, uncontested divorces, and domestic matters where violence or custodial interference has occurred.Services not provided for criminal,DWI, personal injury, worker’s comp, foreclosures, or paternity.
Senior Citizens Law Office
Services for Bernalillo, Valencia,Sandoval, and Torrance County residents 60 or over in civil cases,including SSI, VA, and other governmental benefits, power-of-attorney, guardianship/conservatorship, foreclosure,financial exploitation,landlord/tenant, housing benefits,consumer matters, health related issues, long-term care, wills and transfer-on-death deeds.
It’s Still Me: Safeguarding Vulnerable Transgender Elders
Transgender elders can take steps, described here, to ensure they are served by a surrogate who will protect their health, welfare, and identity. Authored by UNMSOL faculty.
South Central Pension Rights Project
Providing assistance via telephone and postal mail to eligible individuals (see right) with a pension question or problem.Serves New Mexico as well as other states. Those who do not qualify for these services may contact PensionHelp.org.
State Bar Association of New Mexico
Free general information publications on various areas of law, mailed free of charge. Also hosts free monthly workshops on consumer debt, estate planning/probate, landlord/tenant,and elder law issues (no consultations in workshops).
UNM Clinical Law Program
Open during school semesters for a limited number of cases. Provides legal services to students, faculty,employees of UNM, and Albuquerque residents age 55 and older. Also receives referrals from various social service community organizations. Eligibility based on economic need.
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