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LEGAL ASSISTANCE FOR SENIORS

2012 South Carolina Senior Citizen's Handbook - A guide to laws and programs affecting senior citizens published by the South Carolina Bar Association.

 

GETTING LEGAL ASSISTANCE

Help may be available for seniors who need legal assistance. If you are 60 years old or older and low income, you may qualify for free legal help if you have a legal concern about:

  • Income protection (example: bankruptcy, appeal denials of
    pension, etc.)
  • Health Care (example: appeal disability or Medicare/Medicaid
    denial)
  • Long Term Care (example: facility involuntary transfer,
    inappropriate discharge)
  • Nutrition (example: if benefits denied and a legal appeal is
    required)
  • Housing (example: eviction or discrimination issues)
  • Utilities (not applicable in SC)
  • Protected Services (example: conservatorships)
  • Guardianship (example: obtaining or defending you from
    guardianship)
  • Abuse (example: legal assistance to victims of NON-CRIMINAL Neglect situations who are not in long term care facilities)
  • Exploitation

Help is available on a first-come, first-served basis as long as we have funding to meet the need. We will still try to provide assistance information and we will refer callers to providers for assistance after funding is exhausted, but services may not be available, depending on the specific situation.

Some legal actions may not require an attorney. For example, if you want to get a divorce and there is no property involved, there are no children or custody or support issues, and there is no contest to the divorce, you may be able to file on your own. To obtain forms, click http://www.sccourts.org/forms/indexSRLdivorcepacket.cfm to visit the SC Judicial Website.

If you need a referral for legal services, look at the list below for your area.

If you are low income and not yet 60 or older or need legal assistance with a problem concerning Consumer & Bankruptcy, education, employment, family law, federal income tax, housing, migrant farm workers, probate (estates, wills), or public benefits, call directly to SC Legal Services.

SC Legal Services: 1-888-346-5592

Or

Visit them on the web at:

http://www.sclegal.org/

They are available between 9 AM and 6 PM Monday through Thursday. (Calls are handled on a first come-first served basis, so you may have to wait on hold. Please be patient and do not hang up. If you are disconnected, please call back.)

Phone numbers to request Legal Services :

Abbeville - 864-941-8061

Aiken - 803-649-7981

Allendale - 803-649-7981

Anderson - 864-242-9733 or call

1-888-346-5592

Bamberg - 803-649-7981

Barnwell - 803-649-7981

Beaufort - 543-726-5536

Berkeley - 843-554-2283 or call
1-888-346-5592

Calhoun - 803-649-7981

Charleston - 843-554-2283 or call
1-888-346-5592

Cherokee - 864-242-9733 or call
1-888-346-5592

Chester - 803-329-9670

Chesterfield - 843-383-8632 or call
1-888-346-5592

Clarendon - 803-775-7381

Colleton - 543-726-5536

Darlington - 843-383-8632 or call
1-888-346-5592

Dillon - 843-383-8632 or call
1-888-346-5592

Dorchester - 843-554-2283 or call
1-888-346-5592

Edgefield - 864-941-8061

Fairfield - 803-376-5390 or call
1-888-346-5592

Florence - 843-383-8632 or call
1-888-346-5592

Georgetown - 843-546-8502

Greenville - 864-242-9733 or call
1-888-346-5592

Greenwood - 864-941-8061

Hampton - 543-726-5536

Horry - 843-546-8502

Jasper - 543-726-5536

Kershaw - 803-775-7381

Lancaster - 803-329-9670

Laurens - 864-941-8061

Lee - 803-775-7381

Lexington - 803-376-5390 or call
1-888-346-5592

Marion - 843-383-8632 or call
1-888-346-5592

Marlboro - 843-383-8632 or call
1-888-346-5592

McCormick - 864-941-8061

Newberry - 803-376-5390 or call
1-888-346-5592

Oconee - 864-242-9733 or call
1-888-346-5592

Orangeburg - 803-649-7981

Pickens - 864-242-9733 or call
1-888-346-5592

Richland - 803-376-5390 or call
1-888-346-5592

Saluda - 864-941-8061

Spartanburg - 864-242-9733 or call
1-888-346-5592

Sumter - 803-775-7381

Union - 803-329-9670

Williamsburg - 843-546-8502

York - 803-329-9670