Raia: Seniors Have Recourse For Legal Disputes

Assemblyman promotes New York Seniors Legal Assistance (NYSLA) project
March 13, 2006

Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,C,I,WF-East Northport) hailed the New York Seniors Legal Assistance (NYSLA) project for providing free legal advice to New York’s senior citizens.

“Many seniors have limited incomes and can’t afford attorney fees when they require advice or legal assistance,” said Raia. “I strongly encourage seniors to take advantage of this great resource.”

Raia noted that NYSLA offers advice and limited legal services on matters that commonly affect lower-income seniors. Some of the more prevalent issues handled by NYSLA professionals are Medicare prescription drug coverage, Social Security benefits, advanced directives such as living will and health care proxies, and financial questions regarding bankruptcy and debt collection.

“Seniors with legal questions or problems and no where else to turn can consider NYSLA as the place to go,” said Raia. “Priority is given to lower income clients and those who have problems obtaining legal assistance, such as limited-English skills or physical restrictions.”

NYSLA operates from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays. Seniors can reach NYSLA by calling toll-free (866) 382-7955.