Elder Law Clinic

Elder Law Clinic

Enhance your legal education with Empire College’s California Elder Law Clinic

Elder Law Clinic in Santa Rosa, California

"I know that most of us are more than a little tired of being treated like silly old folks. These students do not talk down to you; i.e, they are not condescending. In my case, they are helping me to write a will (at my tender age of nearly 70!). They seem to have a wide range of knowledge. Those of us who have used the services are pleased with the help."
- Esther Hybert


Our Elder Law Clinic in Sonoma County is an elective class that enables second-, third- and fourth-year law students to gain experience by working under the supervision of a practicing lawyer. Elder Law clinics in California provide free legal services for senior citizens and needy persons in the Sonoma County community.

Since opening in 2000, Supervising Attorneys Barry Adams and Lauren Gardner, along with Empire law students, have served more than 2,200 clients in the preparation of legal documents and as advocates in a variety of matters. Examples include:

Legal Documents

  • Durable powers of attorney for health care
  • Durable powers of attorney for finances
  • Credit problem letters
  • Banking dispute letters
  • Consumer fraud issues
  • Wills


  • Errors in billing
  • Banking mistakes
  • Interpreting court minutes
  • Eviction notices and landlord/tenant disputes
  • Social Security disputes
  • Deceptive vendors
  • Expungement information
  • Collecting small claims judgments
  • Probate information

Our Elder Law Clinic in Northern California is open to the public every Tuesday evening (except holidays and semester breaks) from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. at the Salvation Army’s Silvercrest Residence in Santa Rosa. Sign-ups are from 4 to 5 p.m. Phone messages are available every day at 707-736-6150.

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