In response to the Governor’s directive, all of SeniorLAW Center's physical offices are closed, but we continue to provide services to our older clients and communities who are disproportionately impacted by this crisis.

All staff are working and accessible remotely. Those needing our services should contact us by phone at:

Please see resources on our website with more information for older adults in these uncertain times. Join us in making extra efforts to ensure the older people in our lives are safe, healthy and connected.



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Pro Bono/Volunteering

Remote Pro Bono Opportunities available NOW!

Older Americans are at the epicenter of this crisis…your legal expertise is needed now more than ever.

Volunteer Attorneys:

Assisting Seniors through the Pennsylvania SeniorLAW HelpLine
SeniorLAW Center is providing an online training for volunteer attorneys to provide legal counseling through the Pennsylvania SeniorLAW HelpLine, a toll-free telephone service offering free, confidential legal advice, brief services, information and referrals to those 60 and over throughout Pennsylvania. This training focuses on common areas of law requested by callers and the professional responsibility requirements of pro bono and helpline service. Participants will be trained on the logistics of handling a HelpLine call. Each participant will be able to choose the area(s) of law on which they will focus when counseling senior callers. This is a limited representation opportunity. Volunteers make HelpLine calls remotely at times convenient to them. If interested, please click on the Pro Bono/Volunteering tab above and fill out the Volunteer Attorney Form. A member of our staff will be in touch with the next steps. Please note, if we reach capacity on the number of attorneys interested in volunteering on the PA SeniorLAW HelpLine, we will place you on a wait list.

Assisting Seniors with Vital Life Planning Documents
Volunteer to assist older adults 60 years and over to complete critical end of life planning documents through telephone-based services. Attorneys will draft life planning documents (Simple Will, Financial Power of Attorney, Health Care Power of Attorney, and Living Will; form documents provided). Notarization and witnessing will occur by e-notarization or final execution at a later date. Volunteers will complete a substantive online training and pro bono attorney online portal training. If interested, please click on the Pro Bono/Volunteering tab above and fill out the Volunteer Attorney Form. A member of our staff will be in touch with the next steps.

Pro Bono Action for Community Impact in PA
Help us pursue systemic change through pro bono in this partnership project of SeniorLAW Center and AARP seeking research on best practices, model legislation and drafting of community education materials. We have a number of COVID-19 focused projects, are seeking legal memoranda and drafting one-page and web-based educational pieces for older Pennsylvanians. Two examples are 1) Pennsylvania’s Health Care Agents and Representative Act and 2) Guidance for student loan co-signers facing default. If you are interested, please contact Renee Chenault Fattah at rchenaultfattah@seniorlawcenter.org or 215-701-3205.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Issues
SeniorLAW Center seeks pro bono attorneys with family law experience for limited representation opportunities through their Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) Project. Services will be provided by telephone. Clients would be pre-screened via SeniorLAW Center’s intake process before they are sent to a pro bono attorney for legal advice, information, counsel and, when appropriate, brief services. To participate, volunteers must complete a 90-minute video training. If interested, please click on the Pro Bono/Volunteering tab above and fill out the Volunteer Attorney Form. A member of our staff will be in touch with the next steps.

Accept a Pro Bono Case
Volunteer attorneys may handle simple or complex matters, litigation, negotiation and/or transactional, from homeownership issues, evictions, grandparent custody, and financial exploitation to advance planning, probate, deed transfers and much more. We also have a great need for bilingual attorneys, especially those who speak Spanish or any Asian language, to assist our growing Latino and Asian elderly populations. If interested, please click on the Pro Bono/Volunteering tab above and fill out the Volunteer Attorney Form. A member of our staff will be in touch with the next steps.

Paralegal Opportunities:
Paralegal volunteers are instrumental to our work, both in helping with our statewide HelpLine and working on individual cases. If you are interested, please contact Joanna Jarzebowska, Director of Client Intake at jjarzebowska@seniorlawcenter.org.

Other Volunteer Opportunities:
We often have need for volunteers to assist with special events, public relations, graphic design, community education, in-office support, client intake, fundraising, and other ventures to help our organization meet its mission of seeking justice for older people. If you are interested in volunteering, please send details about your interest and skill sets to Dana Goldberg, Legal Director, dgoldberg@seniorlawcenter.org. You need not be an attorney to make a difference.

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