Free legal aid in Maine.
Seniors, elderly, and low income clients can receive free legal assistance in Maine. Help is only offered for civil legal matters and not criminal law. Clients can receive advice with issues such as utility disconnection, income, health care, age discrimination, long-term care, nutrition, housing, protective services, defense of guardianship, neglect, and abuse. Legal representation and related services are available for individuals age 60 and older and also people who meet income guidelines.
Government benefits unit
A number of attorneys can help senior and elderly clients obtain the government benefits and public assistance to which they are entitled. Maine families generally seek assistance with Medicaid, TAFDC, Food Stamps, Unemployment Compensation, Emergency Assistance to the Elderly, Disabled and Children, Emergency Assistance, Fuel and Heating Assistance, and Veterans Services.
Qualified clients can receive direct representation before administrative hearings and social services agencies. Food stamp advocacy is also offered as a priority to increase food stamp eligibility to working poor and low-income families. If you need help filing a social security claim lawyers might be able to help you. Representation is offered in both federal and state of Maine administrative hearings to protect the basic necessities of life for the low income and seniors.
Elder and Senior law in Maine
Free legal aid can be offered at attorney’s offices or local senior centers. These programs are available to elders who are socially and/or economically disadvantaged. Focus areas include reverse mortgage counseling, housing, government benefits, health care, Medicare, Medicaid, and general health law concerns.
Get help with Durable Powers of Attorney, Wills, and Healthcare Directives. If you are about to undergo a life-threatening medical procedure, are terminally ill, or if you are over 60 years of age, call Pine Tree Legal Assistance for information on resources offered.
Family law and domestic violence
This service includes the Maine Battered Women’s Legal Assistance Project. Government funding allows attorneys to take particularly difficult Probate and Family Court cases on a pro-bono basis and this involves domestic violence cases too. Families can get free representation on legal issues including division of property, divorce, child custody/visitation, and child support. Some family law matters are addressed, especially those where the situation may threaten the security or the viability of a family. This includes the following types of cases, including paternity, adoption, name change, and guardianship.
Get assistance with creating wills, addressing estate planning, and probate matters in limited situations. Simple estate planning services may include, but are not limited to, beneficiary deeds, powers of attorney, and health care directives. The firm may also provide assistance with legal guardianships.
The non-profit firms care strongly about victims of sexual and domestic violence. Firms provide service to child and adult victims of human trafficking, abuse, sexual assault, and stalking. A primary focus is securing orders of protection and safety planning.
Disability benefits in Maine
Recipients of Maine’s Emergency Assistance to the Elderly, Disabled and Children program can get representation and help in qualifying for Supplemental Security Income benefits. Also receive assistance in getting access to health care and other public aid.
Housing and foreclosure aid
A priority is on homeless prevention. Receive legal help in avoiding lock-outs or utility terminations, evictions, housing discrimination, and termination from subsidized housing programs. Free foreclosure prevention and assistance is offered too. The Homeless Legal Services Project assists currently homeless individuals and families with overcoming legal barriers to housing.
Pine Tree Legal Assistance may provide free representation to ensure that landlords follow proper procedures in dealing with renters and tenants. Get help with the following types of cases, including poor living conditions, lease agreement dispute, landlord lockouts, and government and public housing issues.
Consumer debt, credit, and financial matters
Find assistance with issues such as illegal debt collection and lending practices. Cases handled include filing for bankruptcy, predatory lending, debt collection issues, contract issues, and unfair or deceptive sales practices.
Call Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Inc. of Maine at (207) 774-4753.