SLOLAF currently operates three programs in San Luis Obispo County that benefit seniors, veterans, and other residents in need. Provided by trained attorneys and paralegals, SLOLAF’s programs offer free legal-aid services, including direct legal representation, educating clients for self-representation, and facilitating conflict resolution.
Senior Legal Services Project
Under the provisions of a grant from the Area Agency on Aging, SLOLAF provides free legal services to seniors aged 60 and older in San Luis Obispo County through the Senior Legal Services Project. The Directing Attorney, Stephanie Barclay, offers individuals confidential advice and counsel by appointment. The Project also staffs volunteer attorneys at senior centers throughout the county who meet with seniors, by appointment, to answer their individual questions.
Senior Legal Services Project is especially concerned that those most in need receive assistance housing needs (landlord-tenant, evictions, nursing homes and board and care situations), and protection from elder abuse situations. The Project also helps clients in financial distress deal with aggressive creditors. The Project refers estate planning needs, such as wills and trusts, to private attorneys; however the Project does help clients prepare Durable Powers of Attorney for finances and Advance Health Care Directives. Services are available, however, regardless of income status.
Unfortunately, the funding available is not sufficient to meet the needs of this rapidly growing segment of our population, so if you would like to donate to help us reach more seniors, please click here to make a tax deductible donation.
If you would like to speak with an attorney, please contact the Senior Legal Services by calling (805) 543-5140.
Veterans Assistance Program
In collaboration with Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo and other community partners, SLOLAF provides free legal assistance to eligible veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in an effort to help the veteran make a successful transition to permanent housing. Please call (805) 237-0352 to be connected with a CAPSLO case worker who can help determine eligibility. http://www.
Legal Assistance for Victims Program
SLOLAF is pleased to provide legal guidance and support to Stand Strong (formerly the Women’s Shelter Program, Inc. of San Luis Obispo County) for its Legal Assistance for Victims program, providing free legal services funded through a federal Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) grant through September of 2018. Services include legal assistance regarding family law, housing law, employment law and immigration law matters arising from intimate partner violence.
For more information about eligibility and receiving legal services, please call 805-781-6418 Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm or visit the Stand Strong website. Prospective clients must call this number directly, as there are no “walk in” legal services available.
Collaborative project partners under the project include RISE, Cal Poly SAFER, San Luis Obispo Domestic Violence Task Force, San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office Victim/Witness Center and the Suspected Abuse Response Team Advisory Board (SARTAB).