WHO WE ARE & WHAT WE DO
For over 40 years, we've believed that living independently and with dignity is the hallmark of justice.
Heath Care Advocacy
Medicaid, Medicare, Private Insurance, Long-Term Care, and more
Social Security, Pensions, VA Benefits
Debt Matters, Creditor Harassment, Identity Theft, Scam Prevention
Mortgage Foreclosure & Property Tax Foreclosure
Substituted Decision Making
Health Care Proxy & Power of Attorney
Eviction Defense, Community Development, Housing Code Violations
How do I reach your office?
You can call our intake line at (716) 853-3087, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.