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Rebecca France

  • Hosted by Elder Law and Disability Rights Center
  • Sponsored by The Morrison & Foerster Foundation
  • Service location Santa Ana, California
  • Law school University of California, Irvine School of Law
  • Issue area Disability Rights, Elder Justice
  • Fellowship class year 2024
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

Rebecca advocates for low-income families in Southern California by proactively utilizing limited conservatorships and end-of-life planning documents to ensure that seniors and adults with developmental disabilities receive access to necessary medical care.

A limited conservatorship is necessary for some adults with a developmental disability to access important medical care. However, many low-income families in Southern California do not have access to limited conservatorships and other legal planning documents. Limited conservatorships are often expensive and take over six months to complete with an attorney who can do the paperwork correctly, and longer for low-income families without legal expertise.

Rebecca is committed to improving opportunities for seniors and adults with developmental disabilities to age in place with dignity. Rebecca is passionate about promoting medical autonomy by proactively using planning documents.

Fellowship Plans

During her Fellowship, Rebecca will conduct community outreach through education at senior centers, organizations serving children with developmental disabilities, and hospitals. With the support of pro bono attorneys, Rebecca will offer clinic style options throughout the area to help families with the complicated and time-consuming paperwork for Advance Healthcare Directives, Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Limited Conservatorships. Rebecca will represent low-income families throughout the probate court process.

"My Equal Justice Works Fellowship has afforded me the opportunity to serve low-income individuals in Southern California who have previously been unable to access important medical care and other necessary resources."

Rebecca France /
2024 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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