Legal Assistance for Seniors

To ensure the independence and dignity of seniors by protecting their legal rights through education, counseling, and advocacy.

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Oakland, CA – EIN 942941697 lashicap.org

LEGAL SERVICES
We provide free legal advice and information to seniors throughout Alameda County, including: Oakland, Hayward, Berkeley, Pleasanton, Fremont, Livermore, Castro Valley, Alameda, Dublin, Emeryville, Albany, San Lorenzo, Union City, and Newark.

Our free services include: representation in court and administrative hearings, referrals to other community resources, and community education and training on legal issues.

ELDER ABUSE
Elder abuse is a widespread problem that affects men, women and families from all backgrounds.

Elder abuse is a crime, but it can remain hidden for many reasons. Sadly, it’s common for the abuser to be a family member, and the victim may be reluctant to take action. Or the abuser may be someone on whom an elder relies for care. Many victims are ashamed to admit that they have fallen prey to abuse. Or a frail victim’s confusion, difficulties in communicating, or other limitations may prevent discovery of the abuse.

Between 1 and 2 million Seniors in the US have been abused by a caregiver.

LAS works closely with Adult Protective Services, the District Attorney’s Office, the courts, and law enforcement to assist Alameda County residents who are victims of physical, emotional or financial elder abuse. Our clients may be referred by other agencies or find us on their own. Sometimes concerned friends or family members may be the first to make contact.

Since prevention is the best solution for elder abuse, LAS offers an extensive program of community education presentations on topics related to elder abuse. Our services help elder abuse victims to live free from the trauma, mental anguish and financial devastation wrought by abusers.

LAS may provide the following services to seniors who are victims of elder abuse:

Representation by a staff attorney for seniors over age 65, or dependent adults, who are seeking a restraining order against an abuser.
Home visits to clients who are unable to come to our offices.
Facilitating removal of individuals who are physically abusive and living in an elder’s home, through a court-issued “kickout” order.
Referrals to community resources for additional services.
Community education presentations on related topics.
GUARDIANSHIP OF MINOR CHILDREN
The LAS Guardianship Program assists Alameda County residents who are caring for someone else’s minor child(ren) in their homes.

Our clients are usually grandparents or other relatives, although non-relatives can also become guardians of children in their care. Many of the children in our cases have experienced abuse, neglect or abandonment by their parents. Thanks to the dedication of their guardians, these children can stay within their own families instead of becoming wards of the Court and placed in foster care.

Many of our clients have very limited resources. Often there is ongoing concern that an unstable parent will remove the minor from the caregivers’ home. Caregivers need the legal authority of a guardianship to provide a stable and healthy environment, and to access needed financial and social support.

LAS can provide Alameda County residents with:

Legal advice on guardianship and guardianship alternatives, such as caregiver affidavits.
Advice and referrals to other agencies for social services and financial support.
LAS attorneys represent guardianship petitioners in probate court. Clients must be:

Age 50 or older (unless referred through Child Protective Services’ diversion program).
Currently caring for a minor child/children in their home.
LAS also provides assistance, without court representation, to self-represented individuals of any age who are petitioners in an Alameda County guardianship proceeding.

LAS, Legal Access Alameda, and the Alameda County Superior Court Self Help Center have a partnership grant from the California State Bar to assist self-represented litigants in guardianship cases. Partner staff and attorney volunteers hold weekly workshops to assist litigants with preparation of guardianship forms and procedural requirements, including notice to relatives and Native American tribes. The court sets hearings for self-represented petitioners on two dedicated days per month. On these days, partner staff and attorney volunteers assist litigants in court with procedural requirements and preparation of documents. We hold trainings for new attorney volunteers, which are recorded and available for viewing. Our partnership has had great success in reducing the number of continuances and ensuring access to justice for guardianship litigants.

LAS staff also conduct community education presentations about guardianship and guardianship alternatives. Check our Community Education Calendar for information about upcoming presentations.

PUBLIC BENEFITS/SOCIAL SECURITY
Many older Alameda County residents are dependent on their income from Social Security Retirement or on needs-based public benefits programs such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Any interruption or reduction of benefits may result in inability to pay for basic necessities, including housing, food, and medical care when one may have only minimal cash resources to provide a “cushion”. It can be hard for an individual to challenge an agency decision, even when the decision is plainly wrong. It may prove impossible for an individual even to make contact with the appropriate person within the agency.

A timely decision can make a critical difference in a senior’s ability to meet or maintain basic living necessities.

LAS may provide the following services to seniors who receive Social Security Retirement or public benefits:

Analysis and review of benefits issues, including overpayment assessments and reduction or cessation of benefits.

Advice to individuals who are able to pursue their claim independently.
Assistance with filing appeals, negotiating settlements, and persevering with the responsible agency to ensure an appropriate and timely resolution.
Representation at formal and informal administrative hearings.
Community education presentations on related topics.
NATURALIZATION
Alameda County is ethnically and culturally diverse. Many senior immigrants in Alameda County desire U.S. citizenship and would benefit from citizen status. An elderly person may face special challenges that prevent them from successfully navigating the immigration process however.

LAS provides the following assistance to Alameda County Seniors who are applying for citizenship:

Assistance with reviewing and filing an application for citizenship.
Assistance obtaining a waiver of the English language interview and/or the civics test in cases where the client is unable, for medical reasons, to meet the language requirement.
Collaboration with client’s medical and or psychiatric or psychological providers in applying for a disability waiver.
Representation at the citizenship interview and in subsequent agency proceedings.
Community education presentations on related topics.

CONSERVATORSHIP
LAS is court-appointed to represent proposed conservatees in Alameda County probate conservatorship proceedings. LAS attorneys represent and advocate for the rights of seniors during these proceedings to ensure that their dignity and independence are maintained while their needs are being met. The only way in which LAS gets involved in conservatorship cases is by appointment by the court. LAS does not take any conservatorship cases from the general public.

HOUSING
Housing is a top priority for Alameda County seniors.

The 2016 Alameda County Plan for Older Adults lists housing stability as a top priority for seniors. Seniors are particularly vulnerable to housing instability because they often experience additional barriers to finding and preserving housing, including health issues, decreases in work status or ability, and fixed incomes.

Fifty percent of Oakland’s homeless population are first time homeless seniors. (Kushel, M.)

When seniors are displaced, they not only lose their homes, they also lose their cultural community, their caregivers, their support networks and stability. LAS’ housing program protects vulnerable senior residents from displacement and helps maintain community stability. The program’s unique senior-focused model addresses clients’ needs by making home visits and collaborating with community partners, like senior centers, to increase access for seniors.

LAS can assist with:

Counsel and advice or full representation by a staff attorney for seniors over age 60 who are facing eviction (representation is provided on a limited, case-by-case basis)
Home visits for seniors who are unable to travel to LAS’ office
Counsel and advice for seniors over age 60 who are experiencing other housing problems
Referrals to community resources for additional services
Community education presentations on related topics

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LEGAL ASSISTANCE FOR SENIORS INC

OAKLAND, CA 94621-1416 | Tax-exempt since April 1987
  • EIN: 94-2941697
  • Classification (NTEE)
    Legal Services (Crime, Legal-Related)
  • Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3)
    Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
  • Donations to this organization are tax deductible.
Fiscal year ending

June 2019

Fiscal year ending June

2019

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Form 990 documents available

Extracted financial data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Key Employees and Officers Compensation
James Treggiari (Executive Dir.) $81,250
Lenora Merlander (CFO) $64,822
Phillip Campbell (President) $0
Scott Phipps (Vice President) $0
Joy Soulier (Treasurer) $0
Susan E Firtch (Secretary) $0
Jeffrey Block (Director) $0
Lars Bronson (Director) $0
Jonathan Canick (Director) $0
Susanne Cohen (Director) $0
Yvette Davis (Director) $0
Ingrid Evans (Director) $0
Dawn Patterson (Director) $0
David Scharff (Director) $0
Jon Vaught (Director) $0
Elaine Wong Eakin (Director) $0
Fiscal year ending

June 2018

Fiscal year ending June

2018

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990

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990 (filed on May 16, 2019)

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Total Revenue

$1,943,213

Total Functional Expenses $1,805,775
Net income $137,438
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $1,773,095 91.2%
Program services $175,603 9.0%
Investment income $17 0.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising -$6,016
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $514 0.0%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $166,681 9.2%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $961,911 53.3%
Other
Total Assets $706,681
Total Liabilities $277,315
Net Assets $429,366
Key Employees and Officers Compensation
James Treggiari (Executive Dir.) $72,719
Lenora Merlander (CFO) $61,201
Phillip Campbell (President) $0
Priscilla Camp (Past President) $0
Scott Phipps (Vice President) $0
Joy Soulier (Treasurer) $0
Susan E Firtch (Secretary) $0
Lars Bronson (Director) $0
Jonathan Canick (Director) $0
Susanne Cohen (Director) $0
Yvette Davis (Director) $0
Ingrid Evans (Director) $0
Dawn Patterson (Director) $0
David Scharff (Director) $0
Jon Vaught (Director) $0
Elaine Wong Eakin (Director) $0
Fiscal year ending

June 2017

Fiscal year ending June

2017

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990 (filed on Nov. 29, 2017)

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Total Revenue

$1,602,026

Total Functional Expenses $1,626,805
Net income -$24,779
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $1,460,313 91.2%
Program services $146,787 9.2%
Investment income $859 0.1%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising -$5,855
Sales of assets -$1,057
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $979 0.1%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $161,763 9.9%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $771,671 47.4%
Other
Total Assets $520,280
Total Liabilities $228,352
Net Assets $291,928
Key Employees and Officers Compensation
James Treggiari (Executive Dir.) $70,909
Lenora Merlander (CFO) $59,166
Priscilla Camp (President) $0
Monica Dell'Osso (Vice President) $0
Phillip Campbell (Treasurer) $0
Joy Soulier (Secretary) $0
Jonathan Canick (Director) $0
Susanne Cohen (Director) $0
David E Durant (Director) $0
Elaine Wong Eakin (Director) $0
Ingrid Evans (Director) $0
Susan E Firtch (Director) $0
David Oh (Director) $0
Dawn Patterson (Director) $0
Scott Phipps (Director) $0
David Scharff (Director) $0
Fiscal year ending

June 2016

Fiscal year ending June

2016

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Total Revenue

$1,502,608

Total Functional Expenses $1,474,195
Net income $28,413
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $1,275,333 84.9%
Program services $223,729 14.9%
Investment income $379 0.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $3,167 0.2%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $151,684 10.3%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $714,917 48.5%
Other
Total Assets $446,334
Total Liabilities $129,627
Net Assets $316,707
Key Employees and Officers Compensation
Lenora Merlander (CFO) $66,151
James Treggiari (Executive Dir.) $63,352
Priscilla Camp (President) $0
Monica Dell'Osso (Vice President) $0
Phillip Campbell (Treasurer) $0
Joy Soulier (Secretary) $0
David C Lee (Pres. Emeritus) $0
Jonathan Canick (Director) $0
David E Durant (Director) $0
Ingrid Evans (Director) $0
Susan E Firtch (Director) $0
Maria I Lawless (Director) $0
Ann O'Hara (Director) $0
David Oh (Director) $0
David Scharff (Director) $0
Karen Vasudavan (Director) $0
Fiscal year ending

June 2015

Fiscal year ending June

2015

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990

Total Revenue

$1,721,170

Total Functional Expenses $1,439,933
Net income $281,237
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $1,627,461 94.6%
Program services $85,558 5.0%
Investment income $0
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $8,151 0.5%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $173,869 12.1%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $702,471 48.8%
Other
Total Assets $399,884
Total Liabilities $114,259
Net Assets $285,625
Fiscal year ending

June 2014

Fiscal year ending June

2014

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990

Total Revenue

$1,204,443

Total Functional Expenses $1,366,713
Net income -$162,270
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $1,096,786 91.1%
Program services $111,363 9.2%
Investment income $3,229 0.3%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising -$7,287
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $352 0.0%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $163,328 12.0%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $653,105 47.8%
Other
Total Assets $194,661
Total Liabilities $190,273
Net Assets $4,388
Fiscal year ending

June 2013

Fiscal year ending June

2013

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Total Revenue

$1,362,759

Total Functional Expenses $1,390,497
Net income -$27,738
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $1,212,757 89.0%
Program services $148,847 10.9%
Investment income $171 0.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $984 0.1%
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $91,559 6.6%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $750,381 54.0%
Other
Total Assets $302,185
Total Liabilities $135,527
Net Assets $166,658
Fiscal year ending

June 2012

Fiscal year ending June

2012

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990

Total Revenue

$1,309,364

Total Functional Expenses $1,425,995
Net income -$116,631
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $1,181,063 90.2%
Program services $109,958 8.4%
Investment income $1,584 0.1%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $16,759 1.3%
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $89,799 6.3%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $723,950 50.8%
Other
Total Assets $334,681
Total Liabilities $140,284
Net Assets $194,397
Fiscal year ending

June 2011

Fiscal year ending June

2011

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990

Total Revenue

$1,365,449

Total Functional Expenses $1,422,094
Net income -$56,645
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $1,248,706 91.5%
Program services $117,581 8.6%
Investment income $1,364 0.1%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $5,804 0.4%
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue -$8,006
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $91,045 6.4%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $717,522 50.5%
Other
Total Assets $407,148
Total Liabilities $96,120
Net Assets $311,028
Fiscal year ending

June 2010

Fiscal year ending June

2010

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted financial data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

June 2009

Fiscal year ending June

2009

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted financial data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

June 2008

Fiscal year ending June

2008

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted financial data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

June 2007

Fiscal year ending June

2007

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted financial data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

June 2006

Fiscal year ending June

2006

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted financial data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

June 2005

Fiscal year ending June

2005

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted financial data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

June 2004

Fiscal year ending June

2004

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted financial data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

June 2003

Fiscal year ending June

2003

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted financial data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

June 2002

Fiscal year ending June

2002

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted financial data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.


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