Please visit our Blog Post "Covid-19: What New Yorkers Need to Know" for helpful information and frequently asked questions.

You can reach an attorney directly for brief legal advice through our Free Helpline, now open to individuals of all ages. Starting on Monday, April 6th, call 1-844-481-0973 or e-mail at any time. Your messages will be returned by an attorney within 1 business day. 

You can also reach our regular intake line at (716) 853-3087 Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. 

In accordance with new guidelines from the CDC and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the Center for Elder Law and Justice is moving to a remote-work environment until further notice. 

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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.

Featured Events

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CELJ’S 24th Annual Golf Tournament

June 22 - June 23
5161 Lake Shore Road
Hamburg, NY 14075 United States

 Wanakah Country Club – June 22, 2020   The proceeds from the tournament provide for free civil legal services to older adults, people with disabilities, and low-income families throughout Western New York. Many of our clients are victims of elder abuse or neglect and need an advocate on their side to ensure that they can…

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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."