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Elder Pro Bono Project

Ohio's Attorney General
Tuesday, August 13, 2002

Ohio's Attorney General has partnered with the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation (OLAF) to create a program that trains volunteer attorneys from the Ohio Attorney General's office to provide free legal assistance to low-income seniors in Ohio. This program helps ameliorate end-of-life problems faced by the elderly by ensuring that the wishes of the elderly are carried out upon their incapacity or death.

Attorneys are trained to assist clients with wills, advance directives (living wills, durable powers of attorney for health care) and general powers of attorney. After training is complete, volunteers will have access to a training manual, which provides clear procedures as well as examples of client forms. Volunteers can receive additional assistance from mentors provided by the Columbus Bar Association, the Legal Aid Society of Columbus or Pro Seniors.

After attorneys complete their training, attorneys can provide free legal services for up to 40 hours per year.

To ensure accessibility and efficiency, OLAF set-up a toll-free intake hotline where applicants are screened and connected with an attorney.

Contact Information: 

Dave Ball
dball@olaf.org

Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation