Self-Help Conservatorship Clinic Volunteer


(34.061073,-118.293274)
 

Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

3250 Wilshire Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90010

About

When a severely developmentally disabled child turns 18, s/he retains all the legal rights of an adult even though s/he is cognitively unable to exercise those rights. Many families are not aware they need a conservatorship when the child turns 18 in order to make important decisions for their disabled child, including fundamental decisions such as where the child will live or what medical treatment they will receive. In other instances, family members find themselves suddenly needing to provide extensive care and assistance to an elderly loved one facing dementia, Alzheimer’s, or other conditions which prevent the loved one from caring for him or herself. These family members may also need to initiate a conservatorship case. Bet Tzedek Legal Services helps families navigate the conservatorship court process through free self-help conservatorship clinics. Individuals who volunteer at our clinic have the opportunity to screen litigants for income and subject matter eligibility, help litigants complete a questionnaire to secure the information necessary for their court paperwork, and in some instances help the litigant prepare the necessary court forms. Clinics are held Monday and Thursday from 9:00 AM to 12 noon at the downtown Los Angeles Law Library. Clinics are also held on Tuesdays in Norwalk, and on Fridays in Long Beach and Lancaster. Volunteers are prepared by watching a 20 minute, online training video or by attending a one-hour MCLE eligible training at your firm or office. The opportunity is open to attorneys and non-attorney staff, and there is no expectation of any ongoing representation or responsibility to the clients assisted.

When a severely developmentally disabled child turns 18, s/he retains all the legal rights of an adult even though s/he is cognitively unable to exercise those rights. Many families are not aware they need a conservatorship when the child turns 18 in order to make important decisions for their disabled child, including fundamental decisions such as where the child will live or what medical treatment they will receive. In other instances, family members find themselves suddenly needing to provide extensive care and assistance to an elderly loved one facing dementia, Alzheimer’s, or other conditions which prevent the loved one from caring for him or herself. These family members may also need to initiate a conservatorship case. Bet Tzedek Legal Services helps families navigate the conservatorship court process through free self-help conservatorship clinics.

Individuals who volunteer at our clinic have the opportunity to screen litigants for income and subject matter eligibility, help litigants complete a questionnaire to secure the information necessary for their court paperwork, and in some instances help the litigant prepare the necessary court forms.

Clinics are held Monday and Thursday from 9:00 AM to 12 noon at the downtown Los Angeles Law Library. Clinics are also held on Tuesdays in Norwalk, and on Fridays in Long Beach and Lancaster.

Volunteers are prepared by watching a 20 minute, online training video or by attending a one-hour MCLE eligible training at your firm or office. The opportunity is open to attorneys and non-attorney staff, and t here is no expectation of any ongoing representation or responsibility to the clients assisted.

Skills

  • American Sign Language
  • People Skills
  • Korean
  • English
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Good Match For

N/A

Requirements & Commitment

  • Orientation or Training
  • 20 minute training; 4-hour volunteer block

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