How we can help
It’s about being a trusted advisor, listening and then acting. That’s the LCD difference. We advise and represent clients with disabilities in most areas of civil law including:
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Protection from Abuse
- Divorce (No-Fault)
- Debt Collection
- Medicaid Medicare
- Increasing access to healthcare
- Simple Wills
- Living Wills
- Power of Attorney
Please note we do not handle criminal or personal injury matters.
We also have a number of volunteer attorneys who represent clients in real estate, estate administration and divorce (property settlement) matters. We also give help, advice and make referrals on:
- Social Security
All Intakes Are By Phone Only
General Intake (all non-housing matters):
Call 215-587-3158 Option 2
Call 215-587-3158 Option 1
To access our services a person must:
Have a disability, chronic illness, or be deaf or hard-of-hearing;
Have an income no greater than 200% of the federal poverty level.
- Reside or have a legal matter in a county in Southeastern Pennsylvania. These include: Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery County.
Our attorneys’ are based across seven sites within the Philadelphia area. In addition our staff deliver Community Legal Outreach Clinics at a variety of locations across Philadelphia. As well as legal help and advice to clients, we train doctors, nurses, residents, social workers and other health care staff to identify social determinants to health that are legal in nature and impact positive healthcare outcomes.
Our on site attorneys provide access to legal services that many would not otherwise receive. Being on site means that potential clients can get help and an initial assessment of their issue without having to travel. Many people find legal staff and services an intimidating prospect; the ability to access advice on site in a safe, familiar environment helps take away this fear.
Where we work
Medical Legal Partnerships
Family Practice Counseling Network (FPCN) Nurse-Managed Health Centers
FPCN has three federally qualified health centers in Philadelphia all providing primary healthcare by nurse practitioners. FPCN was the first in the country to utilize this nurse-managed model. Our first MLP with FPCN was formed in 2011 at Abbottsford in the Germantown area. We are now at all three sites including the 11th Street Health Center in north Philadelphia and the Health Annex located in the southwest section of Philadelphia.
Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
Magee was one of our founding partners back in 1987 and we have been located within the hospital since 1990. Our 31-year partnership has seen thousands of patients obtain advice, guidance and representation from our staff. We serve clients who are receiving healthcare services either as inpatients or as outpatients.
Project Home’s Stephen Klein Wellness Center (SKWC)
The Stephen Klein Wellness Center Medical-Legal Partnership (SKWC MLP) is a collaboration between LCD and Project Home that provides on-site free high-quality legal services to low-income patients with disabilities. Launched in 2013, the goal of the project is to address the health-harming social determinants to health that are legal in nature that SKWC’s patients, many of whom are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless every day.
Project Home’s Hub of Hope
In 2018 we began working with the chronically homeless population at the Hub of Hope. Located underneath Suburban Station the Hub of Hope provides numerous resources. LCD has partnered with Project Home to provide legal services. Project HOME seeks to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty in Philadelphia, alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and enable all of us to attain our fullest potential.
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
In 2011 we began providing legal services to families at the Center for Child and Adolescent Health which relocated to St. Chris’ new Center for the Urban Child in 2014. In 2013 we expanded our services to the Special Needs Clinic, which provides medical service to children with severe disabilities. From 2014, we have participated in the monthly asthma team meetings and are working with the medical team to determine if mold or other housing problems may need to be addressed with the landlord.
Community Legal Outreach Clinics
Associated Services for the Blind
We have partnered with Associated Services for the Blind since 2005. Currently we undertake quarterly intake sessions at their premises and host planning document clinics with partner Cozen O’Connor.
Our partnership with Inglis House began in 2006 and we currently host quarterly intake sessions on site as well as planning document clinics in partnership with Blank Rome LLP.
We perform outreach to people with disabilities, lawyers, medical professionals and social services agencies to educate them about legal issues facing people with disabilities and about the availability of our services. This includes speaking at domestic violence service agencies and shelters about domestic violence and its impact on children. Through these programs, we continue to increase awareness of our mission and services in order to assist professionals and consumers alike to better address their disability-related legal needs.