Through the Elder Law Clinic, students provide legal services for senior citizens.
Drake's Elder Law Clinic offers Drake Law students the opportunity to give legal assistance to clients over 60 years of age.
Working in partnership with Aging Resources of Central Iowa and the Department of Elder Affairs, students meet clients in a variety of settings, from home visits to nursing homes.
Typical cases involve powers of attorney, simple wills, guardianships, physical and/or financial abuse, consumer fraud, and select property issues. Cases include court or administrative proceedings.
In the clinic, students draft documents such as powers of attorney and living wills, assist clients who have been the victims of financial or physical exploitation, and represent clients in a variety of forums.
Prerequsite: Wills & Trusts (LAW 223)
The Elder Law Clinic accepts clients year-round. In order to qualify for this clinic, you must be 60 years or older and live in Polk County.
The Elder Law Clinic takes many types of cases, but will not accept bankruptcy or personal injury cases. Various criteria are used to determine which cases are accepted, including the difficulty of the case, the educational value to the student, and the availability of student attorneys.