Limited Free Legal Advice and Services for Seniors
A number of free legal advice and services for seniors are located in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties to contact for guidance and assistance.
Ventura CountyAdult Protective Services – Ventura County
The Ventura Adult Protective Services is a state-mandated program that helps ensure the safety and well-being of elders and other adults with limited abilities. The staff investigates allegations of abuse and neglect, assesses client needs, and provides short-term case management and linkage to other services.
Public Guardian – Ventura County
The Public Administrator investigates and administers the estates of persons who die with or without a will or an appropriate person willing or able to act as the administrator. The Public Administrator only becomes involved when there is no one else with higher authority to administer the decedent’s estate. The Public Administrator’s functions include searching for existing family members, identifying heirs, making burial arrangements, securing estate assets, and arranging for the payment of debts, sale of personal and real property, and distribution of assets.
The Public Administrator also coordinates Ventura County’s Representative Payee Program. This is a voluntary program that provides bill-paying support to clients of Ventura County Behavioral Health who receive benefits from Social Security. The Public Administrator manages the client’s income and expenses with oversight from Behavioral Health case management staff.
Senior Concerns – Conejo Valley
Senior Concerns works with experienced professionals, including certified financial planners and estate planning attorneys, to provide financial and legal services to seniors in need, free of charge.
In partnership with the Financial Planning Association, Certified Financial Planners offer seniors assistance and guidance in building a financial plan for their future. Services include retirement planning, long term care planning budgeting, debt management, general estate planning, and related financial services.
Experienced attorneys volunteer to meet with seniors and caregivers to provide legal services, including end-of-life issues, drafting essential documents, including health care directives and powers of attorneys, and conservatorship.
Connecting seniors with professional legal and financial volunteers alleviates the stress and difficulty often involved with finding a trusted advisor for seniors and caregivers.
Los Angeles CountyAdult Protective Services – LA County
3175 West 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Area Agency on Aging Information And Referral Call Center:
Elder Abuse Reporting Hotline / Adult Protective Services:
For the past 40 years, Bet Tzedek has provided free, comprehensive legal services for low-income individuals and families in Los Angeles, proving that access to justice makes a difference in people’s lives. It is the difference between having a home and living on the streets, between getting paid or having to go hungry, between access to medical care and supportive services or suffering.
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
For more than 85 years, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) has provided civil legal services to poor and low-income people in Los Angeles County. In 2001, we merged with the Legal Aid Foundation of Long Beach, resulting in more resources and a greater reach to people in need.
Now with five neighborhood offices, three Domestic Violence Clinics, and four Self-Help Legal Access Centers, LAFLA serves communities as diverse as East Los Angeles, the Westside, South Los Angeles, Koreatown, and Long Beach. LAFLA is the first place thousands of poor people turn to when they need legal assistance for a crisis that threatens their shelter, health, and livelihood.
Los Angeles County Department Of Mental Health
Mental health services provided include assessments, case management, crisis intervention, medication support, peer support, and other rehabilitative services. Services are provided in multiple settings including residential facilities, clinics, schools, hospitals, county jails, juvenile halls and camps, mental health courts, board and care homes, in the field, and in people’s homes.
Special emphasis is placed on addressing co-occurring mental health disorders and other health problems such as addiction. The Department also provides counseling to victims of natural or manmade disasters, their families and emergency first responders.
The Director of Mental Health is responsible for protecting patients’ rights in all public and private hospitals and programs providing voluntary mental health care and treatment, and all contracted community-based programs. The Director also serves as the public guardian for individuals gravely disabled by mental illness and is the conservatorship investigation officer for the County.
Los Angeles District Attorney
Los Angeles District Attorney’s Campaign To Educate And Protect Seniors From Financial Scams
District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s office oversees a multimedia campaign that helps safeguard seniors from fraud. This includes video public service announcements, an informational pamphlet designed for seniors and a public outreach campaign with the Rotary Club of Los Angeles. The office’s Elder Abuse Symposiums have focused on training law enforcement officers and other professionals on recognizing potential fraud victims.
Read more about financial frauds that target seniors.
Public Guardian – LA County
The Public Guardian provides a vital service to persons unable to properly care for themselves or who are unable to manage their finances. The service is provided through a legal process known as conservatorship. Persons in need of conservatorship are physically or mentally disabled to the point where they cannot utilize community services and resources. They usually have no family or friends able or willing to help.