Legal mat­ters

C.A.R.E. - - Cancer -

It is against the law to dis­crim­i­nate against work­ers who have dis­abil­i­ties such as can­cer. The na­tional laws, The Fed­eral Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Act of 1973 and The Amer­i­cans With Dis­abil­i­ties Act of 1990 pro­tect your rights as a worker. Still, youmay face chal­lenges at­work if you need to take time off for can­cer treat­ment. When you need legal ad­vice, you have op­tions, and al­most all of them are FREE:

Legal In­sur­ance Pa­per­work As­sis­tance (LIPA)

LIPA is the only pro­gram in New Mex­ico pro­vid­ing com­pre­hen­sive as­sis­tance with can­cer-re­lated legal, in­sur­ance and pa­per­work is­sues. Ser­vices are avail­able at no charge to any New Mex­i­can cop­ing with can­cer.

Con­tact Stephanie Mich­novicz, Can­cer Ser­vices of New Mex­ico pro­gram manager, 888-668-2766

New Mex­ico Legal Aid

This pro­gram pro­vides free legal help and ad­vice for New Mex­ico res­i­dents age 54 and younger. 901West Alameda St., Suite 20-B 87501, 982-9886, 866-416-1934

New Mex­ico Bar As­so­ci­a­tion

The Legal Re­sources for the El­derly Pro­gram is a free, statewide helpline for New Mex­ico res­i­dents age 55 and older. LREP staff at­tor­neys pro­vide legal ad­vice and brief ser­vices in­most ar­eas of civil law. Two of LREP’s at­tor­neys are flu­ent Span­ish speak­ers.

The Bar As­so­ci­a­tion also can set up a 30-minute case as­sess­ment ap­point­ment with a pri­vate at­tor­ney for $35. The LIPA pro­gram also works with the Bar As­so­ci­a­tion, and may be able to ar­range fee dis­missal.

In ad­di­tion, the Bar As­so­ci­a­tion holds free legal work­shops to learn about pow­ers of at­tor­ney, ad­vanced care di­rec­tives, es­tate plan­ning and long-term care Med­i­caid plan­ning. www.nm­ 505-797-6005 or 800-876-6657

Na­tional Can­cer Legal Re­source Cen­ter

This Cal­i­for­nia pro­gram is staffed by at­tor­neys and par­ale­gals who pro­vide free legal as­sis­tance tai­lored to your geo­graphic lo­ca­tion. 866-843-2572

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