Client Eligibility

Who do we serve?

Residents of either Santa Cruz or San Benito Counties may receive SCLS services. Services are available to persons who are at least 60 years of age or older. While eligibility does not depend on a client’s income and assets, SCLS attempts to direct its limited resources towards seniors who have the greatest social and economic needs.

How is a case handled?

Seniors call the Main Office (831)426-8824 to make an appointment. Initial interviews are conducted by trained paralegals. Each week, paralegals and lawyers meet to discuss new cases. Most work is performed by the paralegal under the ongoing direction of an attorney. Cases involving litigation are handled by an attorney.

Is there any charge for services?

There is no charge for legal services obtained at SCLS, except for court-ordered or administratively-approved fees under EAPP. However, donations are accepted from clients and other supporters who wish to contribute. Such contributions are critical to SCLS’s continuing ability to provide legal assistance to the senior community. Donations are usually tax deductible. In addition, SCLS gratefully accepts bequests from clients and supporters.