Retirement, medical costs, downsizing, and end-of-life matters can be challenging to navigate, but you do not need to navigate these issues alone. Local organizations in Larimer County offer a wide range of services and assistance to help answer your questions.
Disclaimer: Please be aware that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, services and hours may change or vary. Please visit each website or call for updated information.
Agencies and Programs
- The Access To Justice Center offers an Ask-A-Lawyer clinic staffed by local volunteer lawyers. The clinics provide an opportunity for people, regardless of income eligibility, to consult with lawyers on a variety of topics including family law, landlord-tenant, general civil law, probate and bankruptcy/collection matters. Clinics are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 3:00 – 5:00 PM.
- The Self-Help Center can provide assistance to self-represented individuals including locating and accessing forms, checking your case status, assisting you with filling out forms, providing general information about court procedures.
- The Larimer County Access to Justice Committee has compiled a Modest Means Attorney List of attorneys willing to take cases at reduced rates for clients who earn too much to qualify for pro bono legal services, but do not make enough money to pay customary rates.
- Contact 08SelfHelp@judicial.state.co.us for more information.
Adult Protective Services
2555 Midpoint Dr., Suite F
Fort Collins, CO 80525
- Adult Protective Services responds to reports of the mistreatment or neglect of at-risk adults (elderly or disabled). Reports may be made to Adult Protective Services by calling (970) 498-7770. For after-hours emergencies, call local law enforcement or 911. The identities of reporters are kept confidential.
Colorado Bar Association
1290 Broadway, Suite 1700
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 860-1115 |
- This page offers legal resources for the public.
- If you are looking for an answer to a simple legal question and just want a quick answer, try Law Line 9. The Denver Bar Association runs this program in conjunction with Channel 9. Attorneys are available to answer your questions on Wednesday nights, call 303-698-0999. The Denver Bar Association holds various clinics on different topics.
- To find out about the requirements for qualifying for a free attorney, visit the CBA’s page on “What to do if you need a Lawyer.”
Colorado Legal Services (Senior Law Project)
211 W Magnolia St.
Fort Collins, CO 80321
- Colorado Legal Services offers legal assistance for low-income individuals and seniors on civil legal matters only.
- The Senior Law Project is a donation based legal services for Larimer County residents age 60+ on legal issues related to Medicaid, public assistance benefits, long term care, powers of attorney, general estate planning, landlord tenant and consumer issues. Call the number above for more information.
Free tax preparation by IRS-certified volunteers of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offered in Fort Collins and Loveland. Sites can prepare basic Federal and Colorado State returns including:
- Income from wages (reported on a form W-2), social security benefits, pensions and retirement accounts, interest and dividends, self-employment income with simple business expenses, and proceeds from the sale of stocks and bonds where the cost basis is provided.
- Credits including the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, credit for dependent care expenses, education credits, and qualified residential energy credits.
The program is free of charge for income-qualified taxpayers (age 59 and younger with gross income up to $69,000) and senior taxpayers (60 and above with routine tax returns).
Homebound and persons with disabilities may call 970-599-1794 for assistance.
Larimer Advance Care Planning Team
(Health District of Northern Larimer County)
425 West Mulberry St. Suite #110
Fort Collins, CO 80521
- The Advance Care Planning Team provides education and assistance in completion of Advance Care Directives for residents of all ages at no cost. Trained Guides work with individuals on deciding, discussing, documenting and sharing end of life wishes with loved ones and health care providers, including completion of Medical Durable Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, and MOST Form.
Larimer County Department of Human Services
1501 Blue Spruce Dr.
Fort Collins, CO 80524
- Larimer County Department of Human Services provides information and assistance in accessing adult Medicaid, Aid to the Needy Disabled (AND), food stamps, long term care Medicaid, and Old Age Pension (OAP).
Larimer County Senior Tax Work-off Program
Multiple sites; visit website for details
(970) 498-6360 or (970) 498-6311
- Established in 1981, the tax work-off program is an opportunity for senior citizens to work off a portion of their property tax. Those accepted into the program are placed in temporary jobs in Larimer County departments. The program was developed to address the challenge for seniors on fixed incomes to afford the higher property taxes that rising housing costs incur. For more information, call (970) 498-6360 or (970) 498-6311.
Larimer County Veterans Service Office
200 W. Oak Street, Fifth Floor
PO Box 1190
Fort Collins, CO 80522-1190
- Larimer County Veterans Service Office provides services to veterans and their families, including assistance for filing for and obtaining benefits and claim counseling, developing, and representation. If you are a veteran and believe you may have Traumatic Brain Injury or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, contact the Larimer County Veterans Service Office for assistance.
Small Business Development Center
320 E. Vine Dr. #303
Fort Collins, CO 80524
- The main Larimer SBDC is located in Fort Collins, offering both consulting and training, additional services are held in Berthoud as well as Estes Park. All locations provide free, confidential one-on-one business consulting and low-cost training. Let the SBDC help you create and retain jobs, secure loans, increase sales, win government contracts, develop strategic business/marketing plans and more.
- Veteranaid.org is a website that offers assistance to veterans for the Aid and Attendance pension application process. This benefit offsets the cost of care for veterans who are dependent on assisted living. Veterans are eligible to receive up to $1,794 on a monthly basis from the benefit. Navigate through the blog for additional information on other types of resources for veterans.Information on the application process can be found here:
View the Answers on Aging Resource Guide, an online-viewable PDF booklet with a list of aging-related resources in Larimer County. Use the Tips for Navigating the Answers on Aging Guide for helpful suggestions for navigating this database.
- Information on legal and financial services can be found under the following topics.
- Legal Assistance
- Financial Assistance
- Tax Assistance
The Network of Care Service Directory is an online database that can help you find specific resources close to your home. Use the Tips for Navigating the Network of Care Service Directory for helpful suggestions on navigating this database.
- Information on legal and financial services can be found at the following links:
The Seniors Blue Book of Northern Colorado offers a comprehensive guide to aging-related resources, services, and activities in Northern Colorado. Browse service lists. Click Tips for Navigating the Seniors Blue Book Resource Guide for helpful suggestions on navigating this database.
- Information on legal and financial services can be found under the following topics:
- Consumer Affairs/Legal
- Driving and License information
- Elder Law
- Estate Planning
- Financial & Tax Assistance
- Financial Services
- Prescription Assistance – Discounted Medications
- Social Security
The Personal Finance Employee Education Fund website has some useful resources for managing finances, retirement savings, and estate planning.
- Legal Checklists for Caregiving
– Six legal tips on how to protect your relative’s legal rights — and your own
- Help for Those Managing Money for Loved Ones
– A helpful guide for family and friends who have been named by loved ones to make financial decisions on their behalf
- How Much Should You Save for Retirement?
– Article describing what the experts say about how much you should save for retirement
- What to do When Medical Bills Pile Up
– Critical steps for taking charge of your medical bills
- Trouble Starting a Retirement Account?
– Try this tool to start saving now.
- Laid off at 60: What to Do Next – 7 tips for moving forward after job loss in later adulthood.
- Colorado Senior Law Handbook – Colorado Bar Association resource covering over 30 relevant legal topics.