Description: Excerpt From an article printed in the Ledger Dispatch, March 04, 2005

Free Legal Services at Senior Center

Several Amador County attorneys are continuing a tradition of providing pro bono legal services at the Amador Senior Center. Louise Longley, Mike Murray, David Foyle and Kevin Rodman offer their services in half hour increments each Monday beginning at 9:00 am. Laurie Webb, Center Executive Director, credited Longley with recognizing the value of the service and soliciting the other attorneys. “When I found out Common Ground, which was federally funded, couldn’t do this any more, I was racking my brain trying to think of an alternative. Louise said she’d take care of it. I think this service shows how much the professional community cares about the seniors in the county.” Webb said any Amador resident 55 years or older can use the service, but those who do are asked to keep their legal concerns simple. She said, “Clients may want to inquire whether the need a will or a trust, they may have consumer issues, need paperwork for a divorce, or have landlord tenant issues among other concerns”. She noted there are no income limits for those who wish to use the service. Longley who has offered her legal expertise at the center for six years, “This is my way of giving back to the community:” Longley said. “My practice is in estate planning and elder law, so it seemed appropriate to make a contribution here,” Longley also volunteers with Kathy Shaw and Jan Migliaccio of A Step Ahead, elder care advocates who serve clients in Amador and nearby counties.