PLEASANT HILL, CA - JFK University College of Law's Legal Clinic for Elders has partnered with Contra Costa Senior Legal Services (CCSLS) to offer a new service, the Pro Bono Wills Clinic. This Clinic provides free simple wills, Advance Health Care Directives, and Durable Powers of Attorney to low-income residents ages 60 and over.
These documents can mean the difference between a senior being able to maintain some control over his or her finances and health care, and losing that ability. If a senior has not been able to afford to have these documents prepared, matters can become very complicated and costly should circumstances arise that the senior needs assistance. And it is estimated that thousands of seniors in Contra Costa County do not have sufficient income to meet their basic needs, let alone allow them to obtain legal services.
Recognizing this, the University's College of Law and the CCSLS came together to pilot a free service starting in September 2014 and in response to high demand, was continued through the spring.
This partnership not only will provide vital legal services to seniors, but also provides the opportunity for law students to get practical experience with clients and in the courtroom under the supervision of clinic director, Pam Zimba. The University's Legal Clinic for Elders is one of three under JFK University's College of Law - the other two are the Housing Advocacy Clinic and the Children, Families, and the Law Clinic.
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