Contact: Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

TRENTON, N.J. - Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes and the Mercer County Legal Services for the Elderly will begin offering seniors a new site for intake and screening for legal services for Mercer County residents age 60 and older.

Beginning in January, the legal services sessions will now be offered at Mercer County Connection in Hamilton. The project currently offers seniors legal assistance at the main office at 198 West State Street in Trenton and a number of other off-site locations on a wide variety of aging-related, civil matters and issues including Power Of Attorney, Wills for Small Estates, Living Wills, Social Security, Medicare Problems, Consumer Matters, Tenants' Rights and Bankruptcy.

"I'm pleased to be able to offer our senior citizens the opportunity for initial intake and screening for access to free legal services in a welcoming environment," said Hughes. "When it comes to legal matters, people are often misinformed by well-meaning friends and family members. The monthly intake at County Connection will offer our older citizens a chance to access legal services at a new location."

The sessions will be hosted on the first Wednesday of each month, 10 a.m. to noon, beginning January 7, 2009, at County Connection, Mercer County Administration's satellite office located at Route 33 at Paxson Avenue in the Acme Shopping Center. A non-attorney volunteer will interview the client and refer the matter in to the main office for review by an attorney. In this manner, clients can receive initial advice and referral at a convenient location.

Appointments each month are required and limited.
Prescreening to schedule an appointment is necessary. Please call (609) 695-6249, extension 2411, for an appointment.