Attorney to offer legal advice at Elmwood Park Village Hall

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Elmwood Park seniors looking for legal advice can get it free of charge at Village Hall.

An attorney from The Center for Disability and Elder Law (CDEL) will be available to talk to residents 60 years old and up on July 28. The attorney will be available at Elmwood Park Village Hall, 11 Conti Parkway, by appointment that afternoon to answer questions and give legal advice on living wills, power of attorney and other areas of the law that might be pertinent to seniors.

The event is part of Elmwood Park’s Senior Advocacy Program, which acts as a resource to the village’s older community. Laura Bilben, the village’s senior advocate, said she learned about CDEL from a woman who was an attorney, but was not practicing.

“She gave me the information on CDEL and talked to them and they said they would be happy to come out,” Bilben said.

The Center for Disability and Elder Law was founded to provide legal services to low income residents of Cook County who are either elderly or have permanent disabilities.

To schedule an appointment, contact Bilben at 708-359-0143.

She advised that appointments with attorneys are filling up fast and for those who are not able to schedule an appointment, representatives from CDEL will come back to the village on Oct. 14 to give a presentation on power of attorney law and how it can be used in regards to property and healthcare.

On Oct. 27 attorneys from CDEL will again be in the village for more free one-on-one consultations.

According to CDEL, studies report that more than 80 percent of all low-income individuals are unable to obtain legal representation, and that all of those who live in poverty will experience at least one legal problem each year.

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