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Place of conference
Legal Services for the Elderly (LSE) and Maine's Office of Elder Services
A clear understanding of the most pertinent legal issues for older adults is necessary to maximize the available resources and increase the capacity of the legal service delivery system most effectively. This legal needs assessment was conducted by analyzing recent research in six other states over a one year time period. The assessment analyzes more than 7,300 older adults in these six states. It was concluded that up to half of all older adults will need legal assistance in the next five to ten years, but LSE can serve less than five thousand people per year. The greatest need was help with health insurance, with financial assistance coming second. Through this project, the legal needs of older adults in Maine were evaluated, thus allowing for identification and improvement of unmet needs.
Kaye, Lenard; Adle, Melissa; and Crittenden, Jennifer, "Legal Needs Assessment of Older Adults in Maine" (2010). Maine Center on Aging Research and Evaluation. 17.
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