Newspapers, service providers, and readers in northeastern Minnesota are familiar with a longstanding tradition: question and answer "tips" written by the three-person staff of the Senior Citizens’ Law Project at Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota (LASNEM). These popular Q & A informational articles are also available to seniors across the state via LawHelpMN.org. Dubbed the Senior Legal Line, the impetus for the articles was to get legal information to as many people as possible in hopes of preventing common legal problems faced by seniors.
Managing attorney Kristin L. Parendo notes that, "it's a great way to distill tips about common legal problems/questions that we see to the general public. The hope is that readers can get an idea about what they can do to help themselves prevent problems, or at least know the high points of a topic so they can tell if this is something they should find out more about."
"Sometimes we write the Q & A to bring attention to a new law, or about topics that aren’t talked about much, such as our article about sex in the nursing home. We get people that write to us with questions and become clients." Visit LawHelpMN.org for a full listing of Senior Legal Line articles.