The Alona Cortese Elder Law Center was founded in 2000 to provide service to needy seniors in Orange County. The center partners with local legal aid organizations and pro-bono attorneys to provide seniors with legal help. Services include:
- will drafting
- advance health care directives
- representation at administrative hearings
- addressing elder abuse.
Students also help advise clients about their rights as consumers and how to avoid financial abuse.
Many referrals come from the Senior Citizens Advocacy Center of the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, which holds monthly clinics at various senior centers throughout the area. The elder law center attempts to provide legal services to seniors who are in need, but may decline representation where the case is outside the expertise of the center or where the client could obtain private counsel.
Students must be in good academic standing and must complete or be enrolled in Evidence law so that they may become certified by the State Bar to argue cases.
For more information, please feel free to contact us.