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Over 40 years of helping our clients live independently and with dignity.

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We provide free civil legal services to seniors, people with disabilities and low-income populations in eight 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.


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.

Featured Events

 Find us in your neighborhood!

Elder Law Day

June 6 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm UTC+0
2040 Walden Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14225 United States

Elder Law Day is a free event open to the public which aims to provide up-to-date legal information on issues important to older adults and their caregivers.  The day includes legal presentations by attorneys and experts on numerous legal issues such as, patient rights and advocacy, Medicaid & Medicare, estate and advance care planning, and…

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CELJ’S 23rd Annual Golf Tournament

June 24 - June 25
5161 Lake Shore Road
Hamburg, NY 14075 United States

 Join us for Center for Elder Law & Justice’s 23rd Annual Golf Tournament at Wanakah Country Club on June 24, 2019!   The proceeds from the tournament provide for free legal and guardianship services to seniors in eight Western New York Counties. Many of our clients are victims of elder abuse or neglect and need…

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Helen Ferraro-Zaffram’s Insight

When I began as a volunteer in 1984, our offices were located on Delaware Avenue, where a hotel now stands....
A senior couple embracing their grand daughter


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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."

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