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NV Seniors: "Who Ya Gonna Call" for Legal Help?

February 4, 2008

Reno, NV – Many older Nevadans in rural counties may have trouble finding the help they need when they face credit card fraud, difficulties with healthcare providers, and other common legal issues. But now, assistance is just a phone call away. Anna Marie Johnson with Nevada Legal Services says a federal grant is funding a partnership with the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, specifically to help Nevada seniors who find themselves in legal jams.

"There are no income guidelines, no asset guidelines -- you just have to be 60 or older. We do wills, estates, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, housing and consumer issues. Anything they may have, they can call us and get information and advice."

Johnson adds that rural seniors, for example, can ask about everything from family law, to dealing with credit card companies and federal agencies. She emphasizes, however, that the service only deals with civil, not criminal, issues. The helpline is just there to offer advice, she says, not go to court.

"We're not there to put the lawyers out of work. The purpose of this grant right now is to serve the rural counties, where it is very difficult sometimes to find legal assistance."

The program is available to all rural Nevada counties, which means every county except Clark. For help by phone, call tollfree (877) 693-2193, or visit online for more information:

Michael Clifford/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - NV