Stressful Circumstances and Free Legal Aid for Seniors

Posted by: Jeanette |

June 17, 2011 |

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Recently one of my senior class members, Shirley, shared with me that her husband had passed away in early spring. In addition to the stress of dealing with her loss, she was having to deal with loads of unexpected paper work. Her husband’s employer was wrongfully claiming that she was not entitled to her husband’s pension. As if that wasn’t enough, she was also involved in troublesome communications with their insurance company.

She did her best to turn things around, but she was left feeling helpless to “the powers that be.” The financial support that she needed to survive and that was rightfully hers was being withheld. It seemed that they were not going to cooperate with her at this most difficult and vulnerable time in her life. How inappropriate it all was. My heart went out to her.

Wanting to do something to help, I provided her with the contact info for Marin County’s free legal aid service for seniors. (Thanks to my sister Debbie, the queen of resources, for sharing that info with me.) Shirley immediately made an appointment with this legal aid office, but she ended up not needing to keep it. Her previous efforts had paid off after all, as she was recently informed that the issues had been resolved. She would be receiving what was due to her. Kudos to Shirley for her perseverance and determination! She’s an inspiration for sure. I’m just sorry that she had to go through all of that additional turmoil at such a traumatic time in her life.

Life throws curve balls sometimes for sure. Fortunately, one of the perks for being a senior is that many U.S. counties¬†Free legal aid for seniorsprovide free legal aid to people over 60. I have included the info below for the Marin County office since that is where most of my Youthful Hearts newsletter subscribers and class members live. For those of you who don’t live in Marin, you’ll find this info on the internet and at your local library. You never know when you might need to use this helpful service!

Legal Aid of Marin
Legal advice and representation drop in clinic; hot line for seniors 60 and over:

Also, for Margaret Todd Senior Center members, on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 11am -1pm, free legal services are available to seniors. Call 415-899-8290 to schedule an appointment.

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6 Responses to “Stressful Circumstances and Free Legal Aid for Seniors”

  1. Lynelle says:

    Thank you Jeanette for sharing this valuable link with your class. There is such a variety of resources available to assist seniors, so it is great that you are getting the word out. Hopefully it helps someone.

    • Jeanette says:

      Hi Lynelle, It’s great to hear from you!
      Yes, many good resources for seniors out there. And not everyone knows about them so I try to share helpful info as I become aware of it myself. Thanks for everything you do to support others. You are a HUGE help to many (including me). I love how devoted you are to truth and justice.

  2. Donna H. says:

    These days it’s rare when a corporation is concerned about the well being of others. Most of them are so profit driven that they don’t care about us. Especially if it’s going to hurt their bottom line profits.

    I’m relieved to read that Shirley is going to be okay. Thanks for the info about the free legal aid. Good resource to have.

    • Jeanette says:

      Yes, we really have to be looking out for ourselves more than ever, these days. Luckily, many small businesses have heart and do care about their customers.
      Thanks for the comment.

  3. Sarah says:

    I could really relate to this story. I had to jump through a few hoops myself after my husband died. I remember feeling so overwhelmed. I’m glad that it worked out for Shirley.

    • Jeanette says:

      How challenging it must be to have to deal with red tape when you really need to be grieving the loss of your loved one… without distraction.
      I think a great idea is for someone to start a non profit organization that helps seniors deal with all the crazy paperwork that’s needed when their spouses pass away.

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