Free Legal Aid for Qualifying Patients at KANA

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

The Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) is a new resource to help improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives by addressing health harming legal needs. The MLP attorney, through Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC), will provide free, civil legal services to our qualifying patients.

Recognizing that legal issues can impact a patient’s ability to address health needs, AmeriCorps has funded the Partnering for Native Health program. Fourteen MLPs serve healthcare facilities in Alaska, Arizona, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. For more information, please visit www.alsc-law.org/medical-legal-partnership.


What 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

How do I find the MLP attorney?

A health care Provider may refer you to the MLP attorney, or you may contact the attorney directly. 

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 should I expect when I meet with the attorney?

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.

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.

After collecting the information, she will consult with other ALSC attorneys to determine if she will be able to provide you with legal assistance.

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.