Elder Law

Older Americans Act Title IIIB Legal Services Provider and Caregiver Education Training and Support in Wayne County; Programs for Prevention of Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation in Livingston, Monroe and Wayne counties.

Elder Law and Advocacy Center (ELAC) provides civil (non-criminal) legal services to persons 60 years of age and older who reside in Wayne County. Pervasive outreach and educational presentations for seniors, caregivers, professionals and others are conducted in all three counties with a focus on preventing elder abuse and legal problems and providing general civil legal advice.

Elder abuse situations are given the highest priority. ELAC prevents/addresses financial exploitation, including: revocation of powers of attorney and wills; preparation of powers of attorney, wills and deeds, and restoration of title to property; protect/defend in consumer matters; educate clients regarding co-signing loans; defend against unnecessary/improper guardianships or conservatorships; and assist in landlord-tenant matters.

Non-elder abuse case acceptance is done on a case-by-case basis using the following criteria:

  • The problem/issue
  • Loss of housing or income and/or seriously ill individuals
  • Acceptance of legal cases hinges upon available legal defenses, remedies, and equitable relief available, presented
    affirmative defenses, and evidence, facts of the case, capacity of the victim, etc.
  • Referrals and provision of pro per packets (guided self help) are also provided

Moreover, our services are wide ranging and include:

FLAC/ELAC Collaboration - ELAC supervises Wayne State University law students at their Free Legal Aid Clinic (FLAC). Students assist on cases and learn a wide variety of aspects pertaining to elder law, as well as landlord-tenant, consumer and other general civil legal issues. The students practice pursuant to MCR 8.120, under the supervision of licensed ELAC attorneys. This collaboration allows ELAC to serve more clients and assist with matters that it would otherwise have to refer to other programs.

Caregivers Education, Training and Support - This program provides specialized advice to those who are caring for someone else. “Caregivers” include anyone who is responsible for another person’s well-being. More specifically, the caregiver looks in on or shops for a neighbor, friend, or relative; visits a friend or relative in their home, assisted living or a nursing home; provides visits to the doctor or other appointments; acts as an advocate or agent under a power of attorney; is a guardian or conservator; or regularly takes care of their grandchildren.

ELAC also hosts First Tuesdays at the NLSM Redford office on the first Tuesday of each month. First Tuesday consists of an educational presentation, client assessments by appointment, and individual consultations for appropriate issues.

Please contact ELAC if you would like to attend First Tuesday or another community presentation. Individual legal consultations are also available in Wayne County.

ELAC is funded by the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging, The Senior Alliance (Area Agency on Aging 1C); The Detroit Area Agency on Aging (1A); The Area Agency on Aging 1B with support from the Older Americans’ Act, The Older Michiganians’ Act, and in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; and the Townships of Canton and Redford.