info@elderjusticeny.org

(716) 853-3087

English

WHO WE ARE & WHAT WE DO

For over 40 years, we've believed that living independently and with dignity is the hallmark of justice. 

Services Available:

Heath Care Advocacy
Medicaid, Medicare, Private Insurance, Long-Term Care, and more

Elder Abuse Prevention

Income Maintenance
Social Security, Pensions, VA Benefits

Kinship Care

Guardianship Services

Consumer Protection
Debt Matters, Creditor Harassment, Identity Theft, Scam Prevention

Foreclosure Prevention
Mortgage Foreclosure & Property Tax Foreclosure

Substituted Decision Making
Health Care Proxy & Power of Attorney

Housing
Eviction Defense, Community Development, Housing Code Violations

Refugee and New American Services

Western New York Coalition Pooled Trust

How do I reach your office?

You can call our intake line at (716) 853-3087, or email us at info@elderjusticeny.org.

Where do you provide services?

We are located in Downtown Buffalo, and provide legal services to eight Western New York counties (Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Allegany, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Wyoming, Genesee) and the Seneca Nation. Our Senior Legal Advice Helpline also assists those in Monroe, Livingston and Steuben Counties.

How do I qualify for services?

Eligibility guidelines vary based on which county you live in and what kind of assistance you need. Please call our office to learn more.

FAQs

About Our Name Change & New Look
WHY DID LEGAL SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY, DISABLED OR DISADVANTAGED OF WNY, INC. CHANGE ITS NAME TO CENTER FOR ELDER LAW & JUSTICE?

As the population ages and the need for our services has grown, it was time for us to have a name that better reflects the work we do and our mission. We are a law office, but we are also much more. We believe that adding “justice” to our name conveys that we go beyond just representing people in a legal capacity- we also offer guardian and trustee services, engage in systems advocacy and have several social workers on staff to help connect people to services, all with the goal to improve our clients’ access to a better quality of life.   Additionally, this new name is shorter, easier to say and remember, and better reflects the positivity of the people we serve and the staff.

DOES THIS NAME CHANGE MEAN THAT THE FOCUS OR MISSION OF THE AGENCY HAS CHANGED?

No. Our mission remains the same- to use the legal system and the provision of free civil legal services to help our clients live independently and with dignity

WILL YOU STILL REPRESENT PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT SENIORS?

Yes, we will continue to help people of all ages in the same capacity that we do now. Some of our practice areas, including mortgage foreclosure prevention, kinship care and health care advocacy are open to people of all ages and will remain open to the same populations. However, seniors make up the majority of our client base.

HOW WAS THE NAME SELECTED?

For over a year, we worked with consultants and also surveyed staff, board members, donors and friends to determine how people view the agency and whether there were any misconceptions about the work that we do. We also reviewed client surveys for suggestions on how to improve our services and outreach. Based on the results that we received and on our research, we determined that the name Center for Elder Law & Justice best represented who we are and how we want people to see us.

WHAT DOES THE NEW TAGLINE MEAN?

We help to protect the essentials of life for our clients- access to housing, health care, protection from abuse and many other matters. However, our role goes beyond just solving problems for our clients- we help equip them with the information and services that they can use to maintain a good quality of life. Empowerment is at the core of what we do for our clients, and we truly believe that it has a positive impact on society and our community.

HAS ANYTHING ELSE CHANGED?

Yes! We are excited to announce the launch of a new website (www.elderjusticeny.org), logo, and updated colors.

For more information about Center for Elder Law & Justice, please visit www.elderjusticeny.org or find us on Facebook!

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