A WBF Publication
The Elder Law Project’s (ELP) two-fold mission is to educate low-income seniors about the importance of having end-of-life documents such as wills, health care proxies, durable powers of attorney, and living wills — and to prepare these documents on a pro bono basis.
The ELP makes presentations at senior centers and low-income elderly housing developments to explain the purpose and importance of these end-of-life-documents. Interested seniors are matched with a volunteer attorney who will prepare the documents.
Special thanks to the Massachusetts chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys for providing many of our ELP trainers and mentors. These attorneys are the backbone of our Project and allow newer attorneys to learn to draft these documents with the "safety-net" of a mentor.
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Leo heard about the Elder Law Project through his community senior center in Roslindale. He is 74 years old, a former Boston Police Department dispatcher and a very proud father of four adult daughters. Leo has health issues and was worried about what would happen if he ever became incapacitated. He wanted to be sure that his modest assets would be used to provide for one of his daughters who is disabled. Adding to his worry was the fact that his daughter lives with her mother, who is currently battling breast cancer. Leo’s volunteer attorney incorporated a provision in his will for the benefit of his disabled daughter. Leo's comment about his experience with the ELP: “My lawyer always returned my calls – she was really very good.”