Department of Human Resources
ELDERLY LEGAL ASSISTANCE
What is the Elderly Legal Assistance Program?
Elderly Legal Assistance Program in Georgia (ELAP) provides legal
assistance in civil matters, housing, consumer problems, etc. to
individtuals 60 years of age and older in every county in the state.
The ELAP in your area provides representation by a lawyer, or a
paralegal supervised by a lawyer.
much do services cost?
Elderly Legal Assistance Program, funded in part by the Older
Americans Act, welcomes contributions but they are not required in
order for you to be served. If you would like to make a contribution,
send your donation to the office of the Area Agency on Aging or the
ELAP for your area.
is eligible for this program?
program tries to serve those in the most social and /or economic need,
but any resident of Georgia who is at least 60 years of age and has a
legal problem in any of the program's priority areas is eligible for
kinds of legal services are available?
Social Security (SS)
Veterans' Benefits (VA)
Insurance (health, life, auto)
Elder Abuse or Exploitation
Nursing Home or Personal Care Home
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Information and forms are available on Living Wills, Durable Powers of
Attorney for Health Care and Financial Powers of Attorney. Limited
assistance with estate matters such as Last Wills & Testaments and
Year's Support Applications may be available in your area.
Education presentations are provided free of charge in your community.
What can I
do to see a legal worker?
Make an appointment by
calling the ELAP identified on the back of this brochure, your local
Area Agency on Aging or the Division of Aging Services at (404)
657-5319 or 1-800-669-8387.
Interviews are held at the
legal workers' offices, senior citizens' centers, nutrition centers,
nursing homes, personal care homes or in your own home if you are
unable to meet the legal worker at any other location.
What can I
expect from ELAP?
Confidential, competent, thorough and aggressive representation
Staff who will listen to your concerns
Staff who are knowledgeable about the law and regulations affecting
Staff who will represent YOU and not your family, the government, or
responsible representative who will keep you informed and safeguard
any money, documents or important papers you entrust to him or her
What if I
am not satisfied with my ELAP's services?
the right to file a complaint or grievance with the supervisors of the
ELAP worker and /or with the Director of the Area Agency on Aging for
your area. If your representative was an attorney, you may also file a
complaint with the State Bar of Georgia.
anyone at the State level that I can speak with about this program?
Legal Services Developer, an attorney with the Division of Aging
Services, is responsible for coordinating and developing all Elderly
Legal Assistance Programs statewide. If you have problems reaching
your ELAP or your Area Agency on Aging, contact the State Legal
Services Developer at (404) 657-5319 or write to the:
Division of Aging Services
2 Peachtree Street, N.W., 18th Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3176