Free legal assistance in Fairfield County and New London area.
The firm known as Legal Services of Fairfield Connecticut, was set up as a charity that operates on a not-for profit basis. The staff from the center provide support on a number of civil issues across Fairfield County, New London, and other towns in southern, central, and western Connecticut. Paralegals as well as attorneys do their best to represent both the elderly and poor in the region. For those whose income is low enough, much of the assistance will be provided to them at no cost.
A number of cases can be handled. They only deal with civil issues, and not criminal. If CT Legal Services can’t meet your needs or if someone is found to be not qualified, then referrals may often be provided. The main programs provided by the non-profit are below.
Seniors and the elderly from counties include Fairfield or cities such as Bridgeport can often get help, regardless of their income. A number of areas are touched upon and needs can be met. Some of the common requests are as follows.
Priority is often for those civil matters that are noted in the Older Americans Act. So this means seniors can get free advice on access to health care, long-term care, income such as social security, and nutrition. Lawyers will also help them with housing concerns, such as evictions or utility disconnections. Last but not least they offer free aid for protective services, abuse, neglect, defense of guardianship and age discrimination.
Other priorities of the elderly law department are for applying for government benefits, such as Medicare or Medicaid. They also offer assistance and guidance on more consumer type issues that may only impact seniors, such as reverse mortgage counseling or dealing with bills that are more focused on senior citizens, such as medications.
The Fairfield Connecticut Legal Services Benefits Unit is a team of staff or lawyers that can help income qualified clients obtain the government benefits to which they are entitled. So get information on applying for Medicaid, SNAP Food Stamps, SSI disability, Unemployment Compensation, and more. The firm can often help people overcome any barriers to getting these entitlements, provide representation at hearings, and contest any denials. In general, food stamp advocacy is a priority to ensure that everyone has nutrition.
More civil matters are part of Family Law. While they can be addressed, this may be a little less common. The unit can help with domestic violence, including a Battered Women’s Project. State of Connecticut as well as federal government funding may sometime allow the firm to take difficult case to Family Court and Probate cases involving domestic violence. However this also depends on the help of volunteer attorneys from the region.
Some of the other matters addressed can be divorce, child custody/visitation, child support and division of property. If the firm can’t assist, then they may have referrals to agencies in Stamford, Waterbury, or other towns.
The Disability Benefits Project is another resource in Stamford, Bridgeport and other cities in Fairfield County. The main goal is to assist recipients of SSI or other social security type financial aid programs. There is assistance in both applying as well as retaining disability payments.
Get help in applying for Supplemental Security Income benefits. Among other things, these can improve client’s access to health care or ensure long term financial stability. There is also help for the disabled for those facing homelessness, evictions, lock-outs or utility terminations, discrimination, or termination from subsidized housing programs.
The Homeless Legal Services Project from CT assists homeless individuals overcome legal barriers to housing. The form can offer eviction defense as well as foreclosure counseling. A key focus is on stopping homelessness in cities such as Bridgeport. So if you have received an eviction notice from your landlord or maybe a foreclosure filing from a bank, then an attorney or law student may be able to advise you on your rights and responsibilities. The goal is to prevent the person from becoming homeless.
Those are some of the main resources offered. Other revolve around helping families gain safety and financial security; stop the terminating of clients’ subsistence cash assistance, keep students from being unfairly denied an appropriate educational program or also assist people with disabilities. They also operate from several offices, including the following.
- Bridgeport Office is at 211 State Street. Dial (203) 336-3851 for an appointment.
- 16 Main Street, Second Floor, New Britain, Connecticut 06051. For legal support, call (860) 225-8678.
- New London Office - 153 Williams Street, New London, CT 06320, telephone (860) 447-0323
- Stamford legal office is at 20 Summer Street, Stamford, CT 06901. The main number is (203) 348-9216
- 85 Central Avenue, Waterbury, Connecticut 06702, telephone (203) 756-8074
- Willimantic aid office of CT legal services is at 872 Main Street, Willimantic, CT 06226. Main number (860) 456-1761.