ALBANY, NY — MVP Health Care and The Legal Project recently announced a partnership to provide seniors with free legal assistance for a variety of issues. The Elder Law Assistance Program, made possible by a $260,000 grant from MVP, helps people over 55 navigate complex legal questions, draft living wills, help determine custody, support planning of estates, help prepare end-of-life documents, understand Medicaid and Medicare Eligibility, and many other legal issues.
Free legal aid is available to those who meet the age and income requirements in Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Columbia and Green counties.
“MVP Health Care and The Legal Project have a mutual commitment to being the difference for our clients and the communities we serve. “Low-income seniors and supportive caregivers are often vulnerable to deteriorating mental and physical health due to the unnecessary stress and anxiety caused by navigating the legal system,” said MVP Health Care President and CEO Chris Del Vecchio in a recent press release. “Our partnership with The Legal Project will work toward closing a critical gap in services for seniors by providing peace of mind and supporting their overall well-being.”
Through the Elder Legal Assistance Program, an attorney, provided by the Legal Project, will help low-income seniors and their caregivers obtain legal services that might otherwise be low-cost. Without the help of an attorney to understand and protect their rights, it is common for seniors to be unable to access services or lose assets that could have been preserved.
“The legal system can often be a confusing process for seniors and their families,” Law Project Executive Director Michele Pollock Rich said in the press release. “The Elder Legal Aid Program will provide compassionate and expert legal assistance to seniors who would not otherwise have access to these services. MVP’s support of this project will benefit many seniors in the Capital Region and I applaud them for their commitment to those in need.”
Help through the Elderly Legal Aid Project is now available. To learn more about the Elder Law Assistance Project or to schedule an appointment for a free consultation, call 518-435-1770.