Programs for Seniors
KLS cooperates with the Kansas Department on Aging and the Area Agencies on Aging as an integral part of the state aging network. Older Americans Act funds are combined with LSC, IOLTA and other private funds to address this growing area of need.
The Senior Citizen Law Project (SCLP) provides services in a wide range of civil legal issues to persons age 60 and older. Its objective is to target hte more vulnerable elderly population who are in the greatest social and economic need. Priorities include assuring that seniors obtain the cash and medical assistance essential to their well being and stopping financial, physical or psychological abuse of elders. SCLP also has an extensive community education program through which elders and workers serving the elderly are educated about elders' rights and protections under the law.
Elder Law Hotline is a project of KLS funded by the Kansas Bar Foundation. Hotline attorneys answer questions in civil cases for Kansans age 60 or older. Cases may be referred to a local Senior Citizens Law Project attorney or a private attorney through the Elder Law Panel organized cooperatively with the Kansas Bar Association.
The Elder Law Hotline addresses the increasing need for quality elder law services in a largely rural state. Considering the limitations on both physical and geographic mobility, a statewide Hotline service is an effective method for delivering legal services to elderly Kansans.
In 2009, the Kansas Bar Association gave its annual Pro Bono Award to the Elder Law Hotline. This award recognizes a lawyer or law firm for the delivery of direct legal services free of charge to the poor or vulnerable.