New Yorkers age 55+ can reach an attorney directly for legal advice through our Free Senior Legal Advice Helpline. Call 1-844-481-0973 or e-mail at any time.

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We provide free civil legal services to seniors, people with disabilities and low-income populations in nine Western New York counties. Our goal is to protect the essentials of life, such as housing, income, access to health care and protection from abuse.

Our services are funded in part by the Erie County Department of Senior Services, the NYS Office for the Aging, and the Administration on Aging.


Navigating health insurance and long term care issues can be difficult, but we can guide & advocate on your behalf


Elder abuse takes many forms and isn’t always apparent. We are committed to helping seniors recognize & stop abuse.


Understand and preserve your shelter options with assistance in avoiding eviction or foreclosure.


Know your rights & protect your finances. We help with debt problems, scam recovery & identity theft

Our Mission

It is the mission of Center for Elder Law & Justice to improve the quality of life for elderly, disabled and low-income persons in Western New York. We do so through the provision of free civil legal services, primarily to individuals age sixty and over as defined by the federal Older Americans Act, but also to younger disabled and low-income individuals, as funding permits. Our primary goal is to use the legal system to assure that our clients may live independently and with dignity.

Latest News

Center for Elder Law & Justice Awarded Federal Funding For Elder Abuse Training in Niagara County

The Center for Elder Law & Justice has been awarded funding through the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against...

Patient Right to Access Medical Records

submitted by: Bria Lewis, Esq., Staff Attorney New York State Law gives patients and other qualified individuals (including but not...

The Misuse of Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes Must Stop

submitted by Lindsay Heckler, Supervising Attorney The details of the misuse of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes in the New...
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Client Testimonials

"You people are a godsend to sick, elderly, disabled people like me who have neither the strength or knowledge or energy to fight misjustices that go around everyday in America. You are REAL ATTORNEYS not the type on TV who practice law for the money instead of for justice."

"I was very happy with your program. They helped me get this long process over with quickly. Would refer your program to friends and family anytime."

"Is almost worth getting old to become eligible to have the opportunity to access this outstanding service. It was top notch."

"Words cannot express my appreciation for all you did for me. You worked very hard to convince the insurance people to reinstate me. I am also thankful the service was available for help."