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North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services


Legal Services

Older people sometimes need legal assistance. For those who cannot afford to pay privately for this assistance, Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. ( sometimes called LANC) is a possible resource for civil (not criminal) matters. This network of non-profit law offices serves eligible citizens across the state. Some private attorneys also volunteer time through pro bono programs, often in cooperation with Legal Services offices. Information available from the North Carolina Bar Association may help in identifying and working with an attorney.

  1. The American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging offers a useful site dedicated to examining the law-related concerns of older persons.

  2. Senior Citizens Handbook
    The Young Lawyers Division of the NC Bar Association publishes a Senior Citizens Handbook in both English and Spanish. This handbook provides basic information about the rights of and opportunities for NC older adults and gives cautions related to some concerns confronting seniors.

  3. NCBA Lawyer Referral Service
    The North Carolina Lawyer Referral Service is a program of the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation which provides the name of an attorney in a particular area of law based on the location of the caller. Callers are offered a 30-minute initial consultation with an attorney at a cost of no more than $50. The Lawyer Referral Service is open from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday, and can be reached at (800) 662-7660. Those in need of a lawyer can also find one themselves at, 24 hours a day.

    All lawyers on the Lawyer Referral Service expect to be paid for their services, except where a contingency fee agreement has been entered into. For free legal help, please contact Legal Aid of North Carolina, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, or Pisgah Legal Services.

  4. The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA) is a professional association of attorneys who are dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to the elderly. Some of the issues NAELA members assist their clients with include, but are not limited to: public benefits, probate and estate planning, guardianship/conservatorship, and health and long-term care planning. For more information or for help locating an Elder law Attorney in your area, go to the NAELA web site at:

  5. North Carolina Law Schools

    1. Campbell University School of Law, Buies Creek
      Campbell has a Juvenile Justice Project. For information go to:

    2. Campbell University School of Law, Raleigh
      Campbell has a Senior Law Clinic for low income persons age 60 or older. For information go to:

    3. Duke Law School, Durham
      Duke has an AIDS clinic and other clinics and programs. For more information go to and then click on Centers and Programs in the left margin.

    4. Elon University School of Law, Greensboro
      The Elon University School of Law Elder Law Clinic opened in the fall 2012 semester. Law students participating in the Elder Law Clinic provide free legal counsel and services, under the supervision of faculty, to low-income residents of Guilford County, ages 60 and above.

      For more information see:

    5. North Carolina Central University School of Law, Durham
      NCCU law School Elder Law Project- students, under the supervision of a volunteer attorney, prepare simple wills, durable powers of attorney, living wills, and health care powers of attorney for eligible clients in Durham and surrounding counties.

      The NCCU Elder Law Project won the NC Bar Association Pro Bono Award in 2012.

      To be referred to the NCCU Elder Law Project, call the Durham office of Legal Aid of North Carolina, 919-688-6396.

      For more information on NCCU Pro Bono Clinics see:

      NCCU also has a Pro Se Child Custody Clinic that can help grandparents raising grandchildren and parents (law students explain how to file your own custody documents without an attorney). Call 919-530-7169 for a recording on general information, specific dates and times and to register for the next clinic.

    6. University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill
      UNC has information on clinics at:

    7. Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston-Salem
      Wake Forest has an Elder Law Clinic and services are free to qualifying low income seniors. In addition to providing legal services, their web site has lots of helpful information for seniors. See:



Last updated October 14, 2014