SeniorLAW Center continues advocacy for older adults during COVID-19
While physical offices are closed, SeniorLAW center is offering services remotely to those impacted by the crisis. Areas of law include: fraud/bank account issues, illegal lockouts/evictions, COVID-19 scams, emergency custody and protections from abuse, elder abuse, social security/income, and utility shutoffs. Two critical concerns for seniors: Tenant and homeowner rights All evictions and foreclosures have been halted […]
Important voting deadlines are approaching!
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, PCA is sharing the following information related to voting by mail in the upcoming primary elections. Below are instructions and important deadlines for voting by mail in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
An empowered death: Taking control of the end of life
By Constance Garcia-Barrio
Death, like superb wine, claims a starring role at some dinners these days. Death dinners, where people meet over fabulous food to talk about dying, help guests ditch the taboo around discussing life’s final transition. More than 100,000 such dinners have taken place in 30 countries, according to deathoverdinner.org, a website that points out the benefits of having the sometimes-tough conversation.
Help preventing foreclosure
By Marcia Z. Siegal
Nothing can rip away your sense of peace and security more than the prospect of losing your home to foreclosure because you are behind on city property taxes or mortgage payments. And this growing problem is hitting close to home in Philadelphia. According to Philadelphia City Council, foreclosure petitions filed for unpaid property taxes have risen 1,200 percent in the past eight years. Philadelphia mortgage foreclosures also are on the rise from 4,000 per year. But help is available for those who need it.
Program helps older domestic violence victims
Domestic Violence Awareness Month, observed in October, shines a light on domestic violence, including abuse between spouses and other intimate partners. SeniorLaw Center (SLC), a nonprofit that aims to improve the lives and protect the rights of older Pennsylvanians, is also shining a light on a particular aspect of this abuse: its older victims. “Older adults are a hidden population within the domestic violence community, and they can face some unique barriers,” said Dana Goldberg, SLC’s director of victim services.
Help available to couples with reverse mortgages
By Elizabeth P. Shay, Esq., director of homeownership rights, SeniorLAW Center
Reverse mortgages have become popular as the result of marketing and television commercials that claim this is a simple way for seniors to get cash from their home with no repayment until after they die. While this type of loan is not suitable for many borrowers, it may be useful for a senior living on a fixed income who is facing foreclosure of their conventional mortgage. But for most seniors, a reverse mortgage is expensive and may pose big risks to borrowers. If you already have a reverse mortgage, take a moment and look over the deed to your home.