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The Legal Resources for the Elderly Program (LREP) is a free, statewide helpline for New Mexico residents age 55 and older. The Program does not have any income restrictions. LREP is a joint project of the New Mexico State Bar Foundation and the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department. LREP has been in existence for nearly 30 years.
Through its helpline, LREP provides legal advice and brief services to more than 4000 New Mexico seniors annually. Each caller speaks with a trained intake staff member, who collects the necessary contact and demographic information. After completing an intake, each caller who is eligible for the Program speaks to one of LREP’s five staff attorneys, each of whom is a highly qualified professional specializing in the legal issues that most affect New Mexico seniors. LREP staff attorneys provide legal advice and brief services in most areas of civil law. LREP provides legal advice in both English and Spanish.
Examples of civil legal areas for which LREP frequently receives calls are: debt problems/bankruptcy; employment issues; foreclosure; kinship guardianship; grandparent visitation; guardianship; landlord/tenant issues; Medicaid long-term care; Medicare; powers of attorney; probate; Social Security Disability; transfer on death deeds; and general estate planning.
In addition to its helpline, LREP also offers Legal Workshops statewide and Informational Legal Publications.