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Needs and Deeds: Oklahoma organization provides legal aid to low income seniors

The Senior Law Resource Center is a nonprofit organization that provides legal aid and education to low-income senior citizens.
By Heather Warlick, Staff Writer Published: September 1, 2014
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On Tuesday, central Oklahomans will have an opportunity to support an organization from which they hopefully will never need services. All day, the S&B Burger Joint location at NW 59 and May will donate 10 percent of sales to the Senior Law Resource Center.

The center provides free or low-cost legal assistance to seniors, typically those whose income is at or below the poverty line.

In Oklahoma, many senior citizens have no family nearby and can’t afford legal assistance with things such as wills, end-of-life planning and estate planning. This can leave them vulnerable to ill-willed people who take advantage of their lack of resources.

“It’s disturbing what some people do to our elders,” said Sarah Stewart, executive director of the Senior Law Resource Center.

In Oklahoma, 70,000 seniors live below poverty level. Currently, the Senior Law Resource Center helps about 700 seniors each year.

“There’s a really big need out there,” Stewart said. “We hope that we can one day meet that need across the state.”

In addition to wills, estate planning and such, the organization helps the half-million Oklahomans who act as caregivers to someone over 50, according to the AARP, and to grandparents needing guardianship help while raising grandchildren.

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AT A GLANCE

Senior Law Resource Center

In addition to financial donations, the Senior Law Resource Center needs items such as a table for the boardroom and office supplies including paper and toner, said executive director Sarah Stewart. For more information or for a wish list of needed items, go to www.senior-law.org or call 528-0858. Volunteer attorneys also are needed.

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