Welcome to The Legal Aid Society of Columbus
$3,000 AT&T Donation to Support the LASC Volunteer Resource Center
On Tuesday, November 26, Mary Kay Fenlon, AT&T General Attorney, presented a donation from AT&T to support pro bono efforts at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus. Mary Kay has been with AT&T for 14 years. She began her career with the Public Utilities Council of Ohio as a hearing officer. She was with Porter Wright for 3 years representing utility companies before joining AT&T as a litigator. AT&T encourages the pro bono efforts of its attorneys across the country. Mary Kay is a volunteer in the LASC Volunteer Resource Center. The focus of her volunteer work is foreclosure prevention.
Photo: left to right – Mary Kay Fenlon, John P. Gilligan, LASC Board Chair and Thomas W. Weeks, Ohio State Legal Services Executive Director
Pro Bono Wills Clinic Project Reaches Milestone
One of the pro bono programs that Legal Aid undergirds is the Wills Clinic project, a collaborative effort with the Pro Bono Committee of the Paralegal Association of Central Ohio ("PACO"). In May 2010, this program was launched an effort to provide pro bono legal services in the Columbus and Central Ohio area. What started out as an idea has evolved into a successful outreach to senior citizens that has served literally hundreds of individuals. In October, the group reached a milestone by conducting its 50th Wills Clinic.
The Wills Clinic program is unique in many ways. It is a traveling clinic, assembling volunteers at different locations and providing documents such as Simple Wills and Financial POAs, along with advance directive documents (Living Wills, Health Care POAs, and Organ Donor designations) to low-income residents at senior citizen housing facilities where they live.
Understanding The Affordable Care Act
Are you currently uninsured?
If so, you may be eligible to enroll in Medicaid or obtain private subsidized insurance through the Marketplace. Enrollment begins on October 1, 2013 and coverage starts January 1, 2014.
Medicaid will now cover individuals up to 138% of the Federal Poverty Level, which is $15,856.20 a year for a household of one. You no longer need to be a child, parent, senior or a person with a disability to qualify. You can apply online at http://benefits.ohio.gov/ or call 1-800-324-8680. You may also contact your local County Department of Job and Family Services.
If your income is above 138% but below 400% of the Federal Poverty level, which is $45,960 for an individual and $94,200 for a family of four, you will be eligible for coverage through the Marketplace with subsidies to help you with premiums. In addition, individuals with lower incomes will also be eligible for cost sharing assistance to help with out of pocket costs. You can enroll online at www.healthcare.gov or by telephone at 1-800-318-2596. You can also get assistance with your application by contacting a navigator through the Ohio Benefits Bank at (800) 648-1176 or you can find the closest Certified Application Counselor to you by searching by zip code at www.healthcare.gov.
If you have any questions, please let us know and one of our public benefits team staff will be happy to speak with you.
Columbus Business First Interviews LASC Executive Director Thomas Weeks
People to Know in Law: Thomas Weeks, Legal Aid Society of Columbus
Staff Business First
Executive director | Ohio State Legal Services Association and Legal Aid Society of Columbus
Why did you get into this profession? "I'm afraid I went to law school because I couldn't figure out what else to do. While I was in law school, I volunteered at the local legal aid program and everything fell into place. I have been a legal aid lawyer since 1975. I love doing that, and I have loved the practice of law."