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Lakeshore Legal Aid
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Elder / Senior Services
Lakeshore Legal Aid is funded in part by the Federal Older Americans Act and the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging through the Area Agency on Aging 1-B and Region 7. Lakeshore Legal Aid complies with the terms and regulations of the Title V of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended and Section 504 of the Social Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and is an equal opportunity employer program. Reasonable accommodation will be provided upon notification or request.
Lakeshore represented a senior in poverty in a debt collection action. The senior had become ill and placed his prescription drugs on his credit card. The client fell behind in his bills and became unable to pay. The debt collection attorney improperly pled the action Lakeshore was able to have the matter dismissed returning to the client over 25% of his monthly income to him.
A senior disabled client could not get her mail because of her handicap. She had asked for mail to be delivered directly to her door but the post office and the apartment complex had both said that the issue was the others responsibility. After several weeks of advocacy, Lakeshore was able to resolve the matter at no cost to the client and mail is now being directly delivered to the client’s home.
Lakeshore assisted a senior poverty client defeat a lawsuit from the client=s family member. The family member had been abusive to the client. After the family member left the home, he sued the senior to recoup money for any and all work he had done around the premises that the family shared. Lakeshore was able to have the lawsuit dismissed and referred the client for counseling to assist with the ordeal that the family member had put her through.
A senior client lost her husband of 65 years. The client=s husband had been very ill and spent his last few months in a nursing home. Less than one week after his death, the client received a bill for over for husband=s nursing home care. Lakeshore was able to negotiate with the nursing home and insure that the nursing home did not seek to hold the client accountable for her husband’s debt.
The nephew of an senior client petitioned the probate for an emergency guardianship because the client was attempting to revoke the power of attorney she had previously assigned to him. The client reported to Lakeshore attorneys that her nephew had beaten her, withheld her medication and failed to attend to her personal hygiene needs. The client was very mentally competent but had limited mobility. Lakeshore appeared on less than 24-hour notice at the hospital bedside of our client for a hearing. Through Lakeshore=s advocacy, the petition for guardianship filed by nephew was denied by the Judge. Lakeshore then arranged for the client to name a more appropriate power of attorney, to receive in-home visiting care and to be discharged to a handicap accessible apartment. Shortly after the client was discharged from the hospital, the nephew again filed for an emergency guardianship alleging that the client=s new caretakers were inappropriate. The hospital social worker called Lakeshore and Lakeshore appeared at the new hearing with less than 2 hour notice. Lakeshore was also able to defeat the second petition.
Because Justice for Some is No Justice at All.