Access Justice Brooklyn provides accessible community legal education specifically for older Brooklyn residents, focusing on legal issues of concern for seniors such as wills, probate matters for estates of $50,000 or less, and estate planning; consumer debt; and threats to homeownership such as foreclosure, reverse mortgages, and deed theft. In all of these areas, we also offer advice, brief advocacy, and representation to resolve individual legal matters. These services help older Brooklyn residents – and by extension, their families – feel financially stable, retain ownership of their homes, and age safely in their communities.

National Grid Foundation Senior Legal Education and Assistance Program (NGF Senior LEAP)

Through our National Grid Foundation Senior Legal Education and Assistance Program (NGF Senior LEAP), Access Justice Brooklyn staff and volunteers present on a variety of topics at senior centers, community organizations, and other venues throughout Brooklyn or virtually via remote platforms, to educate seniors about the importance of advanced medical directives and other life planning documents, strategies for aging in place, the changing landscape of Medicaid, and scams targeting the elderly.

After each presentation, a question-and-answer session identifies other areas of concern to seniors. Seniors who have specific legal issues and meet our financial eligibility criteria may also make follow-up appointments for individual assistance.

If you would like to schedule a NGF Senior LEAP presentation or if you are seeking additional information, please contact Eloy Ruiz, Pro Bono Coordinator or call (718) 473-9207.

Watch our NGF Senior LEAP Webinar on Wills and Advance Directives presented by Access Justice Brooklyn Staff Attorney, Joanne Reece, on YouTube. This webinar was originally presented on June 24, 2021.

Senior Resources