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Legal Services for Seniors

Mission

“Legal Services for Seniors provides legal services at no charge to Monterey County residents 60 years of age and older with an emphasis on the socially and/or economically needy.”

The Big Idea

The pandemic starkly revealed many difficulties that were already present. For seniors, that included a risk of being socially isolated and targeted for scams or abuse. Legal Services for Seniors offers no-cost legal advice and help to people ages 60 and older, helping them protect their rights and navigate challenges. The nonprofit is looking to reconnect with its seniors after the pandemic and continue to offer in-person legal assistance with an emphasis on those who are socially or economically needy. Through education and outreach they hope to expand countywide to help as many seniors as possible

As attorneys, our clients' privacy is of utmost importance to us. This is a summary of a recent case (names have been changed for confidentiality): Ms. Bell, a 75-year-old widow with no living relatives, survives on a limited fixed Social Security income. In November 2020, before Thanksgiving, Ms. Bell received an eviction notice from her landlord. Ms. Bell was a model tenant and always paid her rent on time. The scared Ms. Bell called our office for help. After reading the landlord's notice, LSS realized the landlord had not abided by current Covid and other tenant protection legislation. The landlord was attempting to illegally evict Ms. Bell. An LSS attorney negotiated with the landlord's attorney after pointing out the invalid eviction attempt. With LSS's advocacy, Ms. Bell was able to stay in her home without the threat of being in the streets in the cold winter holiday nights.

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We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.