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Housing

CCSLS assists seniors with problems relating to housing, including those who face eviction.  Services are provided in the following areas:

  • Issues with publicly subsidized housing, including Section 8
  • Eviction defense
  • Housing conditions
  • Lockouts and utility shut offs

For an appointment in our Concord office, please call 925-609-7900.  You can also use our Senior Self-Help Clinic in Martinez.

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Elder Abuse

CCSLS assists victims of abuse to enforce their rights against their abusers. Some of the ways we can help include:

  • Advising about financial elder abuse, fraud and senior scams
  • Assistance in obtaining Elder Abuse Restraining Orders
  • Advising and assisting clients victimized by identity theft or fraud

For an appointment in our Concord office, please call 925-609-7900.  You can also use our Senior Self-Help Clinic in Martinez.

For information about our collaborative project to provide coordinated services to victims of abuse, check out the Elder Abuse Prevention Project.

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Consumer Protection

Because many seniors live on fixed incomes and struggle to make ends meet, debt can have a serious impact on their well-being. Some of the ways CCSLS can help include:

  • Defending against suits from debt collectors
  • Providing advice and information on debtors’ rights
  • Negotiating a resolution to contract disputes (Services limited.  No homeowner/contractor issues)
  • Assisting seniors with Federal Student Loan discharges for Total and Permanent Disability

For an appointment in our Concord office, please call 925-609-7900. You can also use our Senior Self-Help Clinic in Martinez.

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Public Benefits (SSI overpayments)

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

For an appointment in our Concord office, please call 925-609-7900.

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Advance Health Care Directives

An Advance Health Care Directive (AHCD) is a document that expresses health care directives and provides for the appointment of an agent to make health care decisions if you are unable to do so.  Everyone should have one, regardless of age.

CCSLS administers several clinics throughout the county to assist clients in creating an AHCD.  Check out our calendar for upcoming dates.

For non-English speakers, clients can call our office at 925-609-7900 for an appointment.

We also have traveling clinics in which volunteer attorneys go to senior residential facilities to assist residents in creating AHCDs. Call our office at 925-609-7900 to set up a clinic at a senior residential facility.

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Durable Power of Attorney

A Durable Power of Attorney is a document that allows you to appoint an agent to handle your financial affairs should you become unable to do so.  It can be an important part of the estate planning process. CCSLS provides assistance in creating a Uniform Durable Power of Attorney which is appropriate for use in simple estates.  For more complex estates, and for comprehensive estate planning, please consult a private estate planning attorney.

For an appointment in our Concord office, please call 925-609-7900.

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Simple Wills

For seniors who have limited resources and income*, the pro bono attorneys at the Free Wills Clinics can assist in drafting a simple will.  Our clinics do not assist with trusts or more complex estate planning.

*No resources other than the house and income of $2500 or less single, $3,500 or less couple

See our full list of clinics below.

Clinics

CCSLS coordinates clinics across the County in many different venues for a variety of legal issues.  If you would like to attend one of these free clinics, call our office or the Senior Center/Crisis Center for more information.  See our full list of clinics below, or check out our calendar.

Senior Self-Help Clinic

At this drop-in clinic, attorneys can give you information about court procedures, provide court forms, and assist in filling them out.  Staff cannot provide legal advice or represent clients. The clinic is located at the court in Martinez on Tuesdays from 9-12pm (please arrive by 11 to ensure enough time).  If the matter is time sensitive, call the main office number as the Senior Self-Help Center phones are only staffed on Tuesdays during clinic hours.

Contra Costa Superior Court
Peter L. Spinetta Family Law Center
751 Pine St., 2nd Fl. Conference room
Martinez, CA 94553
(925) 608-2119
http://cc-courts.org/locations/spinetta.aspx

Senior Centers/Crisis Center hosting CCSLS Clinics

CCSLS administers clinics throughout the county at Senior Centers, Monument Crisis Center and at senior housing facilities by special arrangement (Advance Health Care Directives only). These clinics are staffed by pro bono attorneys who provide information and advice on general civil legal problems (Consult-an-Attorney), assist with simple wills (Wills Clinics) or assist with Advance Health Care Directives.  Please call the Senior Center/Crisis Center directly to schedule an appointment or for assistance.  For assistance with setting up an Advance Health Care clinic at a senior housing facility, call the main office in Concord.

Antioch Senior Center (Consult-an-Attorney; Wills)
415 West 2nd St.
Antioch, CA 94509
Telephone: (925) 778-1158
http://www.antiochseniorcenter.com/Antioch_Senior_Center_Information/SERVICES.html

Brentwood Senior Center (Consult-an-Attorney)
193 Griffith Lane
Brentwood, CA 94513
(925) 516-5380
https://www.brentwoodca.gov/gov/parks/rentals/buildings/senior.asp

Concord Senior Center (Advance Health Care Directive Clinic)
2727 Parkside Circle
Concord, CA 94520
Telephone: (925) 671-3320
http://www.cityofconcord.org/pdf/recreation/programs/senior_human_services.pdf

Martinez Senior Center (Consult-an-Attorney; Wills)
818 Green St.
Martinez, CA 94553
Telephone: (925) 370-8770
http://www.cityofmartinez.org/depts/recreation/senior/default.asp

Monument Crisis Center (Consult-an-Attorney)
Senior Moments Program
1900 Market
Concord, CA 94520
Telephone: (925) 825-7751
http://www.monumentcrisiscenter.org/

Pittsburg Senior Center (Consult-an-Attorney; Wills)
300 Presidio Ln
Pittsburg, CA 94565
Telephone: (925) 252-4890
http://www.ci.pittsburg.ca.us/index.aspx?page=738

Pleasant Hill Senior Center (Consult-an-Attorney; Advance Health Care Directive)
233 Gregory Lane
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Telephone: (925) 798-8788
https://www.pleasanthillrec.com/341/Seniors

Richmond Senior Center (Consult-an-Attorney; Wills)
2525 Macdonald Ave.
Richmond, CA  94804
(510) 307-8087
https://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/2179/Richmond-Senior-Center

San Ramon (Consult-an-Attorney)
9300 Alcosta Blvd.
San Ramon, CA  94583
(925) 937-3250
http://sanramon.hosted.civiclive.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=10826130&pageId=11695225

San Pablo (Wills)
1943 Church Lane
San Pablo, CA 94806
Telephone: (510) 215-3090
http://www.ci.san-pablo.ca.us/1030/Church-Lane-Senior-Center

Walnut Creek Senior Center (Consult-an-Attorney; Wills)
1375 Civic Dr.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Telephone: (925) 943-5851
www.walnut-creek.org/home/showdocument?id=7783