In order to meet the mandate for legal assistance, the MARC Department of Aging and Adult Services contracts with Legal Aid of Western Missouri. Through this partnership, older adults can receive legal assistance in the following areas:
To contact Legal Aid of Western Missouri, call 816-474-6750.
- Domestic Violence/Elder Abuse/Family Law (including the issue of guardianship).
- Obtaining/maintaining/establishing eligibility for public benefits.
- Consumer protections, including assistance with financial exploitation, bankruptcy, fraud protection, etc.
In the event you have a legal issue that falls outside of these priorities, there are other options for legal assistance. These include:
- Contacting an elder law attorney. Elder law attorneys specialize in the following areas: estate planning, wills, probate, trusts, management and administration of estates; long-term care, nursing home or assisted-living issues; claims and appeals for Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, SSI, disability, pension and insurance; end-of-life planning, including durable powers of attorney, living wills, advanced directives, conservatorships and guardianships; and elder rights, including age discrimination, elder abuse and fraud.
If you decide to contact an elder law attorney, keep in mind that most do not specialize in all areas of elder law, so you'll need to choose someone who has the expertise that matches your needs. A list of elder law attorneys can be found by clicking here.
The MARC Department of Aging Services makes legal assistance available to those age 60 years and older that have a legal issue that falls within our funding priorities.
Legal services for grandparents aged 55 years who are dealing with guardianship issues for a grandchild may also be available.
There is no predetermined fee scale for legal assistance provided through the MARC Department of Aging Services with Legal Aid of Western Missouri. Voluntary contributions are accepted to help defray the cost of services received.