Washington DC

Legal Counsel for the Elderly


Who We Are

Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) provides legal assistance in a wide variety of civil legal areas including protective services (e.g., powers of attorney, guardianships), consumer (e.g., debt counseling, predatory lending, deed fraud, home repair problems), housing (L/T, public housing) public benefits (e.g., SSI, Social Security), health, foreclosures, wills and other civil legal areas. Services are provided through a variety of mechanisms including hotline advice, staff attorneys, the Pro Bono Project which refers cases to private and government attorneys, and Self-Help Offices at outreach sites. LCE is also the office for the D.C. Long-Term Care Ombudsman, which monitors nursing homes, assisted living and other long-term care facilities in the District of Columbia.

How to Get Help

You can contact this organization by:

Contact Type
Phone Number
(202) 434-2120 or (202) 434-2170 for the hotline
9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Legal Counsel for the Elderly's hotline / legal advice line serves as their intake mechanism for most matters.

Who We Serve

Language(s) Spoken
  • Spanish / Español

Interpreters are provided as needed.

Income Guidelines

Income guidelines only apply in cases where LCE provides full legal representation. Your family's income should be at or below 200% of the poverty level, and asset limits also apply. The income and asset guidelines do not apply for other services, such as the Self-Help Offices, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman, and power of attorney seminars. Calls to the hotline for legal assistance, advice and referrals are free.

Your family's income should be at or below the following percentage of the federal poverty level
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Eligibility Restrictions

For help, you must be over 60 years old.

For Social Security and disability matters, you must be over 55 years old.

Type of Help

This group provides the following types of services based on your legal needs and its resources:
  • Full Legal Representation
  • Brief Advice
  • Other
Description of Services

Document creation (wills, powers of attorney, etc.)

General Contact Information

Legal Counsel for the Elderly
601 E Street, N.W., Building A, 4th Floor (map)
Washington, DC 20049
(202) 434-2120 or (202) 434-2170 for the hotline
(202) 434-6464
Last Review and Update: Mar 20, 2012