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Elder Financial Justice Clinic

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  • (217) 244-9494

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  • College of Law

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The Elder Financial Justice Clinic provides free legal representation to seniors who have been the victims of financial exploitation. The Clinic is part of the University of Illinois College of Law. Second- and third-year law students provisionally admitted to practice in Illinois under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 work under the supervision of the Clinic director, Matt Andres, who is an experienced attorney and a professor at the University of Illinois College of Law. Together they represent and advocate for victims of elder financial exploitation and work to prevent financial abuse of seniors throughout Illinois.

Types of Financial Exploitation

Financial exploitation may take different forms, and no two cases are exactly alike. Below is a non-exclusive list of some of the types of fraud the Elder Financial Justice Clinic handles.

  • Misappropriation of funds by family members or caregivers
  • Mail, phone, or email scams
  • Unnecessary or incomplete work by service providers
  • Predatory mortgage lending
  • Investment fraud

If you believe you are a victim of financial exploitation, even if your matter is not of a type appearing on the above list, please contact the Elder Financial Justice Clinic.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who qualifies for our services?

The Elder Financial Justice Clinic provides legal services primarily to financial abuse victims over 60 years of age. However, other victims of financial abuse are encouraged to contact the Elder Financial Justice Clinic as other cases may be taken if resources allow.

Is there a fee for clinic services?

No, the Clinic does not charge clients it represents.

Is there an income limitation?

There is no income limit that clients have to meet to obtain services. However, we prioritize assisting individuals with low income and few assets.

Are there geographical restrictions?

The Elder Financial Justice Clinic is willing to work with clients throughout the State of Illinois.

What work does the Clinic do besides providing direct representation to financial abuse victims?

The Elder Financial Justice Clinic also advocates for legal reforms to protect seniors from financial exploitation and provides community education to seniors to prevent financial abuse. We welcome calls from organizations that would like to partner with the Clinic on law reform or community education efforts.

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