Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Over the weekend, one of my news feeds sent me a timely article on Wake Forest University's Elder Law Clinic as it prepares to begin a new academic year, offering free legal services to new clients. I'm a long time admirer of the Professor Kate Mewhinney (who also Tweets), who began this creative enterprise more than 20 (25+?) years as a medical-legal partnership model, before that concept was in vogue. She continues to inspire new generations of practitioners. The Winston-Salem Journal column describes the Wake Forest clinic as "one of the most valuable" resources for area elders.
The clinic, which is part of the university’s School of Law, helps law students get practical experience under the supervision of an attorney by providing free legal services to the community. The clinic accepts applications year-round, though services are only provided during the school year when law students are on hand.
Potential clients for the clinic must be at least 60 and have an income of less than $2,200 a month for a household of one, or $2,900 for a household of two.
According to the clinic, cases they typically handle include wills (if a person owns real estate), powers of attorney, Medicaid planning, guardianship, nursing home questions, abuse, fraud and consumer problems.
They do not handle criminal cases, traffic violation and accidents, medical malpractice, probate (estates), slips and falls, and divorce cases.
I encourage readers to review the materials on the Clinic's website, including its always interesting blog of "Elder Law Clinic News."