New Medicare Cards Coming in 2018 – Beware of Scams

Medicare enrollees will be receiving new Medicare cards starting in April 2018.  These cards will contain new “Medicare Beneficiary Identifier” numbers that will no longer be the same as peoples’ Social Security numbers.  This “Social Security Number Removal Initiative” is designed to better protect Medicare beneficiaries from identity theft, however any change creates an opportunity for scammers to target seniors and others for their own financial advantage.  Be advised, there is no charge for the new card and Medicare does not call enrollees for any additional information!

For more information, see the article on the California Health Advocates website – Beware of Scams – and watch this video.

Please report any suspicious scams to our Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) at 1-855-613-7080.


Fall Fundraiser – Save the Date!


Legal Assistance for Seniors’ Fall Fundraiser

Thursday, October 12th 5:30-8:30pm
Woods Bar & Brewery 1701 Telegraph Avenue Oakland, CA 94612

Come support and celebrate with live music, empanadas, and an open bar (beer and wine).  For a limited number of guests (first come first serve), there will be a walkthrough of the brewing process by the brewmaster.

Details to follow!

Office Warming Party!

We are delighted to announce that we have moved and would like to invite you to our Office Warming event. Please Save the Date of March 23, 2017.

To mark this change of address we are inviting you to an evening of cocktails, Hors D ‘Oeuvres and raffles. The event will be starting at 4 PM in our new office, which is located in Oakland, CA.

12th Annual Conference on Elder Abuse

Legal Assistance for Seniors (LAS) hopes you and your colleagues will join us at our 12th Annual Conference on Elder Abuse.

This state-wide event has become an essential resource and networking opportunity for professionals working on the front lines serving older adults.

When: Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 8 AM to 5 PM
Where: UC Hastings College of the Law, 198 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA
Who: Professionals working in fields related to aging, family violence and elder abuse, including attorneys, social workers, fiduciaries, law enforcement officials, and other advocates for seniors
Why: Join this annual multidisciplinary gathering of professionals to learn, share best practices, network, and discover new ways we can work together to better protect vulnerable seniors. Continuing education credits available for some disciplines.

Please sign up at the conference registration page. Sponsorship opportunities available, email inquiries to

See LAS Elder Abuse Conference for more details.

LAS has moved

With increasing rents in downtown Oakland and the growth of our team, LAS has moved into new office space! We have signed a long term lease on a new suite in Oakland.  As of January 1, 2017, LAS’ new address is:

333 Hegenberger Rd., Suite 850, Oakland, CA 94621

This move will save the agency over $68,000 in rent over the first year. We also gain free parking which will save LAS $9,000 per year. We will increase our office space by 1390 square feet with a total floor plan of 8400 square feet. With an open and collaborative environment, we are adding seven workspaces now and have space for ten more when needed, taking our office from 28 workstations to 45. LAS will also gain an additional conference room, large enough to hold group meetings and classroom style training for up to 35 people.

The new suite is completely remodeled; we have taken the area down to concrete, performed a dust free cleaning from top to bottom and built our new home. With creative reuse of items and a modern take on open office space, we have kept this project environmentally friendly. We are installing energy efficient LED lighting, and are using low VOC paint to promote a healthy environment for our clients and staff.

Look out for an Open House invitation coming soon!