LAE provides hope for thousands of San Franciscans in need.

Help us serve SF's most vulnerable residents.

Fiscal Year 2013-14 by the Numbers
Residents Helped Since 1998:

Legal Assistance to the Elderly is the only legal service provider in San Francisco who offers free full-scope representation to elderly and disabled residents, many on limited incomes who urgently need our help to ensure their legal rights.

San Francisco's astronomical rise in evictions is hitting our city's senior and disabled residents especially hard.

LAE is often the last chance for our clients to save a home, stop financial or physical elder abuse, or retain vital benefits. More than ever, there is an increasing need for our services.

LAE is there to assist San Francisco's most vulnerable residents whether they're losing their home, are victims of abuse, taken advantage of by lenders, or are unaware of their healh care rights. We look forward to you joining us in the fight to help elderly and disabled San Franciscans live better lives.

Thank you for your support,

Howard Levy, Executive Director
Legal Assistance to the Elderly

LAE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

LAE changes lives and strengthens our community.

Who we are

Highly experienced. Aggressive advocates. Caring. Professional. Fair. These are just a few of the acolades that clients and partners say best describe LAE staff and attorneys. In addition to a small staff of nine including six attorneys and two paralegals, LAE leverages the services of pro bono attorneys, law student interns, professionals in the legal, social services and business communities, and other volunteers.

How we can help

LAE is unique for its ability to serve San Franciscans in need with compassionate counsel and free legal defense in these areas:

  • Eviction Defense & Housing Preservation. We fight for elderly and diabled tenants who are facing eviction, illegal rent increases or having problems getting their landlord to make repairs.

  • Elder Abuse Prevention. We help stop physical, emotional or financial abuse of vulnerable seniors.

  • Public Benefits Retention. We enable recipients experiencing problems with SSI, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid or Medi-Cal benefits to get what they need to live dignified, independent lives.

  • Debt Collection Resolution. We assist senior and disabled clients in resolving issues with creditors.

San Francisco's elderly and disabled residents urgently need LAE.

LAE works to level the playing field for San Franciscans, many who are on a very limited fixed income. In the face of our city's current economic climate and ever increasing "over 60" demographic, it's imperative that LAE grow its services now.

The people we serve have lived in place for decades and have a lot to lose along with their home - their community, their place of worship, their doctors, their senior centers, their friends. As a community, San Francisco also has a lot to lose.

Poverty Levels Served
Diversity Served