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Legal Assistance for Seniors provides free legal representation and advice, health insurance counseling, and community education to qualified Alameda County residents.

 

Overview

 

The mission of LAS is to ensure the independence and dignity of seniors by protecting their legal rights through education, counseling, and advocacy.

Our vision is that all seniors will be able to live with safety, dignity, and the greatest possible independence regardless of their economic, social, or health circumstances.

Our location is 1970 Broadway in Uptown Oakland.  Our family friendly office is directly above the 19th street BART station and across the street from a major AC Transit transfer point at Broadway and 20th Streets.  With easy access via the free "B" Broadway Shuttle Bus, we are accessible from anywhere in the downtown area. Click here for a map.

Our programs: We offer free legal services, health insurance counseling, and community education for seniors in Alameda County. We also host an Annual Conference on Elder Abuse each year in the spring.

Our supporters: LAS is supported by a variety of sources, including volunteers, individual donors, foundations, government agencies, and the State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Program. See a list of our grant funders, or see how you can get involved!

 

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History

  • Legal Assistance for Seniors was founded in 1976 by three women who re-entered the workforce with the goal of protecting seniors' legal rights.
  • The agency began as a storefront office in downtown Oakland, with the mission of promoting the independence and dignity of Alameda County seniors by providing legal services to assure life’s most basic needs.
  • LAS obtained its first federal funding in 1978 and became incorporated as a private nonprofit organization in 1984.
  • In 1988, recognizing the need to provide seniors with assistance in understanding the complex rules governing Medicare and other health insurance programs, the agency began offering the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) as part of its services.
  • In 2000, the agency expanded its service base to include limited legal assistance to HICAP clients in Contra Costa County.
  • Today, LAS is the only legal services program in Alameda County devoted exclusively to assisting seniors.

     

    Who We Are

     

    Board of Directors

    Management

    Maria I. Lawless - President

    Monica Dell'Osso - Vice-President

    Devina E. Whitley - Treasurer

    Joy Soulier - Secretary

    Board of Directors - Complete List

    James Treggiari - Executive Director

    Janet Van Deusen - HICAP Program Manager

    Lenora Merlander - Chief Financial Officer

    Kirsten Voyles - Managing Attorney

    Daniel Vasquez - Operations & HR Manager

    Community Resources

     

    LAS participates in Alameda County 2-1-1 and Ptown Life (City of Pleasanton):

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    Upcoming Events
    Holiday: Independence Day (observed) Jul 03, 2015 12:00 AM - 11:55 PM
    Seniors' Guide to Public Benefits Jul 04, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM — Hayward Senior Cntr.; 3rd St. Castro Valley 94567
    Overview of LAS: Learn About Our Legal Services Jul 07, 2015 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM — Baywood Court, 21966 Dolores St., Castro Valley 94546
    Medicare Alert: How to Help Prevent Medicare Fraud & Abuse Jul 08, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM — Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Health Education Center, Fontaine Auditorium, 400 Hawthorne Ave, Oakland
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