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Legal Resources for the Elderly

Legal Resources for the Elderly Program

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 and 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 necessary contact and demographic information. After completing an intake, each eligible caller speaks to one of LREP’s five staff attorneys. LREP staff attorneys are highly qualified professionals 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 LREP frequently advises on include: debt problems/bankruptcy; employment issues; foreclosure; kinship guardianship; grandparent visitation; adult guardianship; landlord/tenant issues; Medicaid long-term care; Medicare; Powers of Attorney; probate; Social Security Disability; Transfer on Death Deeds; and general estate planning.

Legal Resources for the Elderly Program can be reached at 505-797-6005 or 1-800-876-6657. Phone lines are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT.

In addition to its helpline, LREP also offers Legal Workshops online and in-person statewide and Informational Legal Publications.