Legal Assistance Available to Older People
Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens (AASC) invites eligible individuals to inquire about its legal services program for older people. The program is operated under the oversight of the Virginia Department for the Aging (VDA).
Through a partnership with the Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society (SVLAS), AASC helps seniors with issues such as government benefits, housing, consumer affairs, wills, probates, guardianships and other legal matters.
Legal assistance includes legal advice and representation through an attorney, counseling or appropriate assistance through a paralegal or law student under the direct supervision of an attorney, or counseling or representation by a nonlawyer where permitted by law. It also includes outreach, education, group presentations, and training designed to protect the legal rights of older adults.
Title III-B of the Older Americans Act (OAA) funds the VDA to provide this legal assistance. To qualify, individuals must be at least 60 years old and have a poverty-level income.
Inquiries regarding the legal services program may be directed to AASC’s ombudsman at 276-964-7127 or 1-800-656-2272.
AASC is one of Virginia’s 25 Area Agencies on Aging designated by the Virginia Department for the Aging to carry out the department’s mission to foster the dignity, independence and security of older Virginians by promoting partnerships with communities at the local level. AASC offers information and services for older adults residing in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell, and Tazewell counties. Visit the organization’s website at www.aasc.org or call toll-free at 1-800-656-2272.