Many seniors, but particularly those living on the economic margins, are vulnerable to issues such as financial exploitation, abuse or eviction. We create online tools that power new models of collaboration to serve the legal needs of older Americans, including those who are who are homebound, disabled or isolated.
The Legal Risk Detector
The Legal Risk Detector is a web-based legal health “check-up” tool, helps social workers, professionals in aging and medical personnel to screen elderly individuals for legal needs and refer them to legal services. By combining high-tech technology with high-touch human support, the Risk Detector enables legal aid programs and community partners to collaborate to spot and address risks to a senior’s well-being. The Risk Detector was developed by Pro Bono Net in partnership with JASA, the Center for Elder Law & Justice and Georgetown University Law Center, and is now in use in five states.
Through our LawHelp Interactive program, we partner with leading civil justice programs to create and host easy-to-use online legal forms to help older Americans, advocates or pro bono volunteers assisting them address issues that impact their well-being and safety. Each year, LHI-powered forms help thousands of low income and vulnerable older Americans create a power of attorney, address guardianship issues, combat abuse and financial exploitation, and more.
Through greater and timely access to legal remedies enabled by programs such as the Risk Detector and LHI online forms, older adults can achieve greater stability and wellbeing.
Other Special Initiatives
The Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) expands access to immigration legal resources and information through collaboration and technology. IAN was created in 2007 by leading immigrants' rights organizations, to increase access to justice for low-income immigrants and strengthen the capacity of organizations serving them.
Justice in New York
New York State has long been a leader in the access to justice community and serves as a model for states around the country. From New York City to rural upstate communities, Pro Bono Net's programs have played a transformative role in how legal help reaches the underserved across the state.
Helping Communities Recover
After a natural disaster, underprivileged individuals and communities especially face an uphill battle to access disaster aid. Many face legal issues directly caused or made worse by the disaster. We develop and host self-help tools and information for communities impacted by disasters, and facilitate collaboration, networking, and resources to legal advocates engaged in disaster recovery efforts.