Access to Justice for All Pennsylvanians
The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network is a statewide consortium of independent legal aid programs. We coordinate the delivery of civil legal assistance to the Pennsylvanians who need it most.
Connecting People to Aid
Appealing for Fairness
Sometimes the bureaucracy doesn’t want to listen, especially when it makes a mistake. A grandmother on limited income was notified she had received a $1,100 overpayment in her Social Security benefits and was ordered to pay it back. At the time, the woman was struggling to pay for a new roof and furnace for the old house where she cared for her granddaughter.
One of our member legal aid programs, North Penn Legal Services, filed an appeal for her. Ultimately it was decided the overpayment was Social Security’s fault and the demand for repayment was withdrawn. Without legal aid, the woman would have been unfairly penalized.