Programs for Seniors
KLS cooperates with the Kansas Department on Aging and the Area Agencies on Aging as an imporatnt part of the state aging network. Older Americans Act funds are joined with LSC, IOLTA and other private funds to focus on 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 goal is to target the more at risk elderly residents who are in the greatest social and economic need. Priorities include assuring that seniors obtain the cash and medical assistance needed for their wellbeing. Another focus is on stopping financial, physical or psychological abuse of elders. SCLP also has a broad public teaching program. The program helps elders and workers serving the elderly by teaching 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, arranged together with the Kansas Bar Association.
The Elder Law Hotline addresses the growing need for quality elder law services in a largely rural state. There are limits on both physical and geographic mobility in the state. A statewide Hotline service is an effective way to get legal services to elderly Kansans despite those limits.
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 providing direct legal services free of charge to the poor or at risk.
Check out our Services for Seniors page for more info about issues relating to seniors.