Help Seniors in Southern Nevada tear down the Justice Barrier

According to research published by the Access to Justice Commission 76% of legal needs in Nevada go unmet. Southern Nevada Senior Law Program (SNSLP) serves adults 60 years and older with the greatest economic and social needs receive access to justice with no cost legal assistance. SNSLP helps seniors with important future planning by providing high quality assistance by an attorney in completing advanced directives for the benefit of the senior, their loved ones, and the greater community. The Elder Law attorneys at SNSLP have legal expertise combined with compassion in working with older adults for basic estate planning, nursing home issues, prevention of elder abuse and exploitation, Social Security/Medicare/Medicaid/VA disputes, evictions, landlord/tenant matters, scams/frauds, contract disputes and other matters. A full listing of available services is located on our website at snslp.org or by calling 702-229-6596 Monday – Thursday between 7:15am and 4:45pm. Clients meet with an attorney and receive individual attention to their legal needs. SNSLP also offers seminars and presentations to organizations that serve seniors as well as groups of seniors at senior centers. We are a small nonprofit law firm with a big heart, funded by grants and community support.

One recent success story illustrates the positive impact we provide: SNSLP attorney Lorrie Haug assisted Marie, a 97-year-old lady who reached out to us to get her affairs in order.  Marie relies on a niece in Hawaii and a stepdaughter here in Nevada for help, due to her age, and being legally blind as well as hard of hearing.  Despite these hurdles, SNSLP determined that Marie needed a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare, a Legal/Financial Power of Attorney, and an Authorization for Cremation.  It was important to her that she be buried next to her husband at the Veteran’s Cemetery at Boulder City.  On signing day, Marie’s bus from the retirement community was late, which required that another SNSLP staff attorney, Chelsea, step in to ensure she would go home with her documents that day.  Fortunately, we were able to persuade the bus driver to wait while we read the documents to her because of her vision problems.  Chelsea went patiently through the documents with her and made sure to speak loudly enough for Marie to understand, even taking a break mid-signing to personally escort her to restroom and to let her rest.  Marie was very grateful to SNSLP for the extra care that went into making sure she accomplished her goal of having peace of mind.

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Many thanks to the Southern Nevada Senior Law Program for assisting us in creating our will. The attorney was very thorough gathering information and preparing the documents. Everyone at the Law Project was caring, patient, and professional each step of the way. Their staff made a stressful and difficult process easy.
61 and 65 year-old husband and wife
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