Legal Services

Legal counseling on civil matters is available to Ulster County residents aged 60 and over, provided by an attorney admitted to the practice of law in New York State by appointment only. Among the services available are:  

  • Drawing of wills
  • Landlord and tenant problems
  • Powers of attorney
  • Preparation of health care proxies and living wills
  • Asset protection counseling
  • Preparation of deeds 
  • Consultations regarding guardianships
  • Review of leases
  • Consultations regarding elder law issues
  • Property disputes.

Appointments are limited to ½ hour, and appointments must be made in advance. Call (845) 340-3456 to make an appointment. Contributions are accepted, but not required. You might also call Legal Services of the Hudson Valley at (845) 331-9373 or 1-(877) 574-8529.

Your voluntary confidential contributions help keep senior programs available.

The recommended voluntary contribution for legal services is $20.00 per visit. The average cost for legal services is much higher ranging from $350 to $500, depending on the product: simple wills to powers of attorney with gift riders.

For people who have a monthly income higher than $1,814 for an individual or $2,455 for a couple, it is suggested that they contribute the full cost of the service to the Ulster County Office for the Aging for legal services which is $100.00 per visit. All contributions are voluntary. You may send your contribution to: Ulster County Office for the Aging, 1003 Development Court, Kingston, NY 12401 or use the envelope provided at the site of service.  Please make checks payable to: Ulster County.

Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) administer the Legal Assistance Program, which is required under Title III-B of the Older Americans Act. Also, funding from Federal III-E Caregiver funds are allocated along with county dollars to provide legal assistance. The need for legal services among the older population is growing. Consultations and referrals to other providers are available by contacting 845-340-3456.

Consumer Affairs (a division of the District Attorney's Office) exists to serve and protect consumers and legitimate business from fraudulent and unfair business practices affecting the community. While representing consumers, the bureau has always been sensitive to legitimate business. The bureau’s activities include consumer counseling, investigation, education, complaint handling, as well as the broadcast and dissemination of consumer information and strategies. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Bureau.

Phone: (845) 340-3260 or Email: Patrick Long, Senior Consumer Advocate - plon[at]co.ulster.ny[dot]us

 

***Counseling on criminal matters is not available through the Ulster County Office for the Aging. Please note that our lawyers do not go to court.