Through a grant from the Area Agency on Aging, Florida Rural Legal Services provides a wide-range of free civil legal advice and representation to seniors ages 60 and over in the 12 of 13 counties that we serve in Florida.
Our lawyers and staff handle many different legal issues for seniors, including consumer problems, family matters, elder abuse, access to healthcare, public benefits issues, housing problems and future planning (wills, living wills, health care proxies, powers of attorney, Medicaid planning, and more).
We can arrange home visits if you are in a hospital or a nursing home, or if you are home bound. In addition, our staff will try to provide information and referrals for legal problems that we do not offer services for.
See below for specifics on how we can assist you.
If you need our help, please call 1-888-582-3410 to see if you qualify for our services.
If you are able to support our services, donate here.
If you can provide Pro Bono assistance, click here.
- Florida Special Needs Registry:
As we have entered the 2020 hurricane season and already have named storms, it is incredibly important for people with special needs to register with their local emergency management agency. The Special Needs Registry website is very easy to use: https://floridadisaster.org/snr/
Special Needs Registry | Florida Disaster
The information within the registry will only be used in the planning for and provision of emergency and/or disaster services. Additionally, Florida Statute 252.905 declares any information furnished by a person or business to the Florida Division of Emergency Management for the purpose of being provided assistance with emergency planning is exempt from F.S. 119.07 (1) and s. 24 (a), Art.
- Disaster Planning Toolkit for People Living with Dementia:
o This is a collaborative publication from the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center (NADRC), and RTI International
o This Toolkit is made up of seven tip sheets and checklists for persons living with dementia, their families, and others who interact with them, including friends and neighbors. The tools cover the following topics:
Planning for a Disaster, Important Contacts, Emergency Supplies Checklist, My Medical Conditions and Care Needs, Disaster Planning Tips for People Living Alone with Dementia, Planning for After a Disaster, and Tips for Communication and Responding to Dementia Symptoms
o Please see the attachment to this email titled “NADRCDisasterToolkit-PWD.pdf” for more information
- Talk it Out Flyer
o A new DOEA publication/campaign that brings attention to the fact that depression is not a normal part of growing older
“#TalkItOutFL and ask for help if you are feeling depressed. You don’t have to feel alone. Talk to somebody today. Call 1-800-662-4357.”
o Please see the attachment to this email titled “Talk it Out_Flyer_20200519.pdf” for more information
- Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Research and Policy Summit
o As a reminder, this virtual event is coming up on Friday, June 12th, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm ET
This event will feature Dr. Carl V Hill, Ph.D., MPH, who is the Vice Presidents of Scientific Engagement with the Alzheimer’s Association
Topics will include health equity and latest advancements in research, early detection and diagnosis, and creating dementia capable communities
o Please see the attachment to this email titled “PDF Research and Policy Event” for more information
FRLS helps individuals with the following issues
- Powers of Attorney
- Living Wills
- Healthcare Surrogate forms
- Revocation of Power of Attorney
- Nursing Home Issues
- Human Rights/Disability Rights
- Exploitation of the Elderly