Public Benefits and Senior Law


Our public benefits attorneys work to secure access to critical safety net benefits so that our clients are able to obtain the governmental services and assistance to which they are legally entitled. We provide direct client representation in administrative appeals, litigation, and agency advocacy in matters involving a broad range of public benefits including food stamps, unemployment insurance, health care, and TANF, among others.

You may wish to contact Legal Aid if you have questions regarding a public benefits program or have experienced any of the following problems during your benefits process:

  • You have been terminated from your benefits and do not think you should have been
  • You have been denied benefits or your benefits have been reduced and you think this decision is in error
  • You have been sanctioned
  • There have been delays in the processing of your application
  • You won your administrative hearing but have not yet received benefits

Legal Aid’s Senior Law Unit provides legal advice and representation to Collier County residents who are 60 years of age or older. While there are no specific financial eligibility requirements, the project targets its services to those with the greatest economic and social need. Legal Aid Service of Collier County receives assistance from Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. as grantee of the area agency on aging for Southwest Florida.

Senior Services Offered:

  • Food Stamps
  • SSI and Social Security
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Managed Care and Long Term Care Issues
  • Landlord Tenant Disputes
  • Public/Subsidized Housing
  • Eviction Defense
  • Foreclosure Defense