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Legal Services for Seniors (LSS)


Legal Services for Seniors (LSS) mission is to provide no-cost legal services to seniors 60+ years of age with an emphasis on those who are socially and/or economically needy throughout Monterey County. For 38 years, LSS has served Monterey County’s elders with direct legal representation, community outreach events and workshops. We have assisted over 162,000 seniors since our founding in 1985.

The Big Idea

Protecting seniors from physical and financial abuse, unscrupulous business practices and income-threatening governmental bureaucracy has been our mission. We offer no-cost legal representation by licensed California attorneys to Monterey County's low-and very low-income seniors. Clients live in our county’s small cities and rural areas; most reach out to us when they are facing a life crisis: financial and physical abuse, landlord-tenant conflicts, Medicare, Medi-Cal and private insurance issues, Social Security problems, consumer frauds, scams, and identity theft, probate guardianships (of minor children), Wills & Advance Health Care Directives.

We offer many workshops throughout our region to inform residents of salient legal issues and to address their individual concerns. We offered “Tips of the Week” in local print and radio media to alert everyone about current legal issues they may be experiencing or may confront. We will now list these tips on our lssmc.net website.

I worked in the ag industry all my life. With a lot of effort, I put money aside on a 401(k) account. I needed some money to make some improvements on my house and I decided to transfer all my money from my 401(k) account to my checking account. The financial company where I had my 401(k) made a mistake and deposited the money in the wrong bank account. I talked with people in different positions at the financial institution and the bank. Sadly, nobody was taking responsibility and tried to blame me for their mistake. I was living a nightmare. My daughter gave me the phone number of Legal Services for Seniors. I called them and I was heard right away. They represented me and fought for my rights. They never gave up until they got me my money back. I’m so grateful for their help.

- Eva Ramirez