DE Lawyers Assistance Fund
The Problem

The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program (DE-LAP) estimates that between 10 to 15 percent of licensed Delaware Lawyers face “problems that threaten their ability to continue practicing their profession” at any given time.

Equally as disturbing is that at least 10 percent of these attorneys are unable to afford necessary treatment programs, outpatient and/or inpatient and/or individual/group therapy. Often by the time an attorney is ready for treatment, he or she has usually hit bottom or has limited funds available for treatment. In fact, many no longer have health insurance coverage or savings and actually have very limited funds.

Bottom-line, these legal professionals are in need of treatment and cannot afford it. Your help can make the difference between life and death and start a colleague on the road to treatment.

Delaware attorneys are known for their camaraderie and professionalism. We can and should help our fellow Delaware attorneys in their time of greatest need.

The Solution

The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program (DE-LAP), working in conjunction with the DSBA's Lawyers Assistance Committee, has formed The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Fund. Together they have secured support and funding from the Delaware Judiciary, The Delaware State Bar Association and The Delaware State Bar Insurance Services. The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Fund is a nonprofit corporation under the management of an elected Board of Directors selected by the Delaware Supreme Court, The DSBA President, The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program and the DSBA’S Lawyers Assistance Committee.

The goal of the fund is to work with The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program (DE-LAP) to ensure lawyers in desperate need receive the financial help necessary to secure treatment by providing loans to members of the legal profession in the State of Delaware who suffer from the disease of alcoholism, drug addiction or mental illness and are unable to pay for treatment.

CALL: (302) 777-0124

How will funds be used?

Candidates must demonstrate a commitment and an inability to pay for treatment. Funds loaned to qualified candidates will be used to enable timely access to treatment. Payment will be made directly to the treatment care providers. Repayment is mandatory, but may be deferred until recipients are on the road to health (recovery).

Why help?

Rarely can people do it alone. They need help. The law license is the last thing to go when a lawyer has substance abuse/mental health problems. Too many lawyers in Delaware have been denied access to treatment because they lack the financial means to pay for it.

How can I donate to the Lawyers Assistance Fund?
 
There are many ways to make a gift to The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Fund. Consider a donation to honor a loved one, perhaps celebrate the recovery of a loved one or friend, or a specific donation bequeath within your Last Will and Testament. Additionally, you may want to transform a one-time gift into an annual tribute.
 
Online: Make a donation by clicking the Donate button below. Payment can be made via PayPal or credit card. You can also make a donation in honor or memory of someone. 
 
 
By phone: Call us at 302-777-0124 to make a specific donation to the Fund by phone.
 
By Check: Please make all checks payable to The Lawyers Assistance Fund. You can mail checks for General donations to: The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Fund c/o The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program (DE-LAP) 405 N. KING STREET, SUITE 100-B WILMINGTON, DE 19801 The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Fund is a registered 501(c)(3) US charity, EIN: 46-4873901
 

Benefits of Giving
  • Pride in your profession.
  • Helping your colleagues and friends on the road to treatment.
  • Know that you are supporting an important cause that benefits attorneys, their clients, and our profession.
  • Setting an example for others to follow.
Information on The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Fund is available by calling: DE-LAP at (302) 777-0124 or e-mailing cwaldhauser@de-lap.org.