Medical-Legal Partnership

Free Legal Aid for Qualifying Patients at KANA

The Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) is a new resource to help improve the health of Alaska Natives by addressing health harming legal needs.

Recognizing that legal issues can impact a patient’s ability to address health needs, an AmeriCorps member attorney has developed the MLP with KANA. The MLP attorney, through Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC), will provide free, civil legal services to our qualifying patients.

 

Kelsey Eggert, J.D.
AmeriCorps Member Attorney
Alaska Legal Services Corporation

How do I find the MLP attorney?

A health care Provider may refer you to the MLP attorney. 

The MLP attorney is located at the Mill Bay Health Center on weekdays from 8:30am to 5:00pm (Thursdays until 6:00pm). Please note that office hours may vary. 

To find out if the MLP attorney can assist you, contact Kelsey Eggert at 907.486.7320.

 

What type of legal matters can the MLP attorney address?

The MLP attorney can assist with a variety of civil legal issues including:

Decision-Making Matters

  • Power of Attorney
  • Guardianship
  • Wills
  • Advance Directives
  • Miller Trusts

Public Benefit Denial, Reduction or Termination

  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Food Stamps/SNAP
  • ATAP or TANF
  • Social Security
  • Disability
  • Unemployment

Safety Concerns

  • Domestic Violence
  • Elder Abuse/Exploitation

Housing Issues

  • Eviction
  • Foreclosure
  • Rental Access
  • Rental Conditions

Education System Problems

  • Special Education Needs
  • Disciplinary Needs

 

What should I expect when meeting with the MLP attorney?

  1. The MLP attorney will give you an opportunity to briefly describe your legal issues and conduct a “conflicts check” to determine if she is permitted to hear more.
  2. If there are no conflicts, the MLP attorney will conduct an intake interview during which she will gather information about you and your legal issues.
  3. After collecting the information, she will consult with other ALSC attorneys to determine if she will be able to provide you with legal assistance.
  4. After the consultation, she may either provide you with legal advice or directly represent you. If she cannot provide advice or representation, she may direct you to self-help resources or refer you to a different attorney.

 

Additional Resources

Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC)

Alaska Legal Services Corporation is a nonprofit law firm that provides free, high quality civil legal services to qualifying Alaskans. The website also has a listing of free community legal clinics available throughout the state.  www.alsc-law.org

AlaskaLawHelp.org

This website provides free information and self-help resources for a variety of civil legal issues including: family, housing, domestic violence, senior needs, consumer issues, health care, and public benefits. The website also offers a directory of free and low cost legal providers.  www.AlaskaLawHelp.org

Fair Housing Project - Alaska Legal Services

The Fair Housing Enforcement Project of ALSC regularly updates this website with information about fair housing, housing discrimination, and educational opportunities. All fair housing services are provided free of charge and do not have income eligibility requirements.   www.fairhousingalaska.org

AlaskaTribes.org

Alaska Tribes provides resources and information regarding tribal courts and participation in state court proceedings.  www.AlaskaTribes.org

In no case will clients receive assistance on legal issues adverse or potentially adverse to Kodiak Area Native Association (KANA), or its employees in relation to their employment with KANA.