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Our practice areas


Housing Preservation

Tenants facing eviction, illegal rent increases,  denials of reasonable accommodations of their disabilities and other housing issues.


Elder Abuse Prevention

Elders who are victims of physical or financial abuse.


Benefits Advocacy

Elders facing a decrease or denial of income benefits, such as SSI and SSDI.‍


End of Life Planning

Elders & disabled adults who need simple wills, trusts and other end of life planning assistance. We collaborate with AIDS Legal Referral Panel to provide services tailored to our LGBTQ Elders.


Healthcare Advocacy

Elders & disabled adults facing denial of coverage for Medicare/Medi-Cal, inappropriate hospital or rehabilitation facility discharge​ or other healthcare services denials.


Consumer Debt Defense

Elders & disabled adults who are experiencing consumer or debt collection problems.


Foreclosure Prevention

Homeowners who are seniors or adults living with disabilities who are behind on paying the mortgage or property taxes and/or facing another foreclosure-related legal issue.

Excelsior Legal Collaborative

ELC is a collaboration between Legal Assistance to the Elderly, Asian Americans Advancing Justice- Asian Law Caucus, Jubilee Immigration Advocates, and Excelsior Works! to serve residents of San Francisco’s Supervisor District 11.

This program provides wide-ranging legal services the areas of Housing, Immigration, Employment Law, and Senior Legal Services.

Call us at (415) 538-3333

We do not provide legal advice via email. If you are seeking legal assistance, please call us.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are your eligibility requirements?

Our services are available to San Francisco residents age sixty and over and San Francisco residents with disabilities age eighteen to fifty-nine.

What legal problems will you assist with?

  • Housing related problems, especially eviction defense, illegal rent increases and habitability

  • Problems obtaining or retaining public benefits (Note: LAE will not assist clients in obtaining benefits based on a disability)

  • Problems resulting from elder abuse

  • Significant problems with creditors

  • End of Life Planning

  • Health Related legal issues

  • Foreclosure prevention

  • Other problems, as staff time and staff expertise permit

Are there any legal problems you won't assist with?

  • Any problem involving criminal charges

  • Any problem involving the Department of Motor Vehicles, the California Vehicle Code, or arising from a vehicular accident

  • Any problem involving state or federal taxes

  • Any problem arising from a business or commercial venture on the part of the client

  • Any problem for which representation by the private bar is available on a contingent fee basis

  • Any problem involving bankruptcy

Do I have to be very low income to quality for your services?

No. All eligible clients are served regardless of income.

Do you charge for your services?

No. All services are free.

Do you serve clients who are homebound, hospitalized or reside in a skilled nursing facility?

Yes, we will go to the clients place of residence if necessary.

As a general rule, we will not provide representation to eligible clients who are:

  • Respondents in restraining order cases

  • Conservators in conservatorship cases

  • Master tenants seeking to evict sub-tenants