Senior Assistance


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

Since 1999, Access Justice Brooklyn has provided accessible community legal education specifically for older Brooklyn residents, focusing on legal issues of concern for seniors such as wills and health care proxies; consumer debt; and foreclosure, reverse mortgages, and deed theft. These services help older Brooklyn residents – and by extension, their families – feel financially stable, retain ownership of their homes, and safely remain in their communities. We are proud to support Brooklyn seniors with our National Grid Foundation Senior Legal Education Program, made possible with generous support from the National Grid Foundation.

Our staff and volunteers visit senior and community centers and faith-based organizations across Brooklyn or virtually via remote platforms, providing free presentations and FAQ sessions about the importance of:

  • – Wills, power of attorney, and healthcare proxies
  • – Foreclosure, deed theft, and home repair scams
  • – Consumer debt and debt collection

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

Living Will vs. Last Will and Testament

What is Deed Fraud?

NGF Senior LEAP Webinar on Advanced Wills and Directives

Bankruptcy Resource Guide

NYC Department for the Aging: Legal Help

New York State Department of Health: Choosing Your Health Care Agent