Elderly to Continue Receiving Free Legal Services from State Bar
Albuquerque, N.M. – The Lawyer Referral for the Elderly Program (LREP), a non-profit program of the New Mexico State Bar Foundation has received renewed grant funding for the next four years from the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD). The grant will allow LREP to continue its existing services, to the elderly, including services in Spanish. A statewide toll-free hotline provides seniors the opportunity to speak with attorneys who may provide brief services for the caller, including reviewing documents or writing letters. If a senior requires representation, LREP will refer the senior to a local attorney. LREP also holds workshops at senior centers throughout the state.
In funding such programs, ALTSD’s strategic goals/priorities are to 1) empower older people, their families, and other consumers to make informed decisions about, and be able to easily access, existing health and long-term care options; 2) enable seniors to remain in their own homes with high quality of life for as long as possible through the provision of home and community-based services, including supports for family caregivers; 3) empower older people to stay active and healthy through Older American’s Act services and the new prevention benefits under Medicare; and 4) ensure the rights of older people and prevent their abuse, neglect and exploitation.
LREP is in its 26th year of operating a statewide, toll-free helpline, a lawyer referral service and outreach programs to benefit seniors over age 55. LREP is funded by the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department, the Civil Legal Services Commission, and the State Bar of New Mexico.
Seniors, their families and caregivers may access LREP’s free helpline by calling toll free, statewide 800-876-6657.
The State Bar of New Mexico was organized in 1886 and is composed of more than 8500 members. Its purposes are to aid the courts in administering justice and preserving the rule of law, and to foster a high standard of integrity and competence within the legal profession.