CCSLS Services

CCSLS is the only non-profit legal service organization in Contra Costa devoted exclusively to seniors. Our staff is available to advise, and where appropriate, to represent seniors in the following matters:

Housing


We assist seniors with problems relating to housing including those who face eviction or loss of their home through foreclosure. Our services include assistance in the following areas:
  • Issues with publicly subsidized housing, including Section 8
  • Eviction defense
  • Housing conditions
  • Lockouts and utility shut offs

Elder Abuse


The Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act protects seniors in California from many forms of abuse including physical, psychological, emotional, financial and negligent. Unfortunately, many seniors experience this abuse at the hands of family, caretakers, or others with whom they have a close relationship. CCSLS  assists victims of abuse to enforce their rights against their abusers. Some of the ways we can help include:
  • Advising seniors about financial elder abuse, fraud and senior scams
  • Assisting seniors in obtaining Elder Abuse Restraining Orders
  • Advising and assisting clients victimized by identity theft or fraud

Consumer and Individual Rights


Seniors occasionally need help with legal matters that affect the population as a whole, such as with contracts for goods and services or with credit issues. But because many seniors live on fixed incomes, or suffer from poor health, these matters can have a serious impact on their well-being. Some of the ways we can help include:
  • Providing advice and information on debtors’ rights
  • Negotiating a resolution to contract disputes
  • Providing assistance with powers of attorney, Advanced Health Care Directives, and information on conservatorship issues.

Public Benefits


We assist seniors with waivers and reconsiderations in Social Security and SSI overpayment matters.

Outreach


In addition to assisting individual clients, CCSLS participates in senior fairs and provides speakers to community and senior groups throughout the county. If you are interested in having a staff member of CCSLS participate at your event or provide a speaker for your group, call (925) 609-7900 or email verna.haas@ccsls.org.



Please note: We do not provide assistance in Criminal Law, Family Law, Immigration, Personal Injury, Probate or Tax matters. Other issues we do not handle include Medicare, Medi-Cal appeals and Social Security Disability claims.
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