One of the important aspects of the Legal Aid Service is to regulate legal matters related to the pensions and assistance of citizens on this issue.
The Legal Aid Service offers free legal consultations in order to ensure protection of rights of beneficiaries on pension disputes. They are entitled to use person-to-person and telephone/online consultation services. Legal Aid Service provides legal assistance on pension disputes to an insolvent person whose case falls into the category of complex and important cases.
Pension is a total of monthly cash benefit and health insurance granted to a person.
Application on a claim for a pension shall be submitted to any territorial unit of the LEPL Social Service Agency, despite the registration of a pension claimant. The personal identification document shall be attached to the application. The citizen of Georgia, aliens who have legally resided in the territory of Georgia for the last 10 years are authorized to be awarded pension. Men are entitled to a pension from the attainment of the age of 65; women are entitled to a pension from the age of 60. If a person is entitled to the age pension benefits and for the State Compensation or State Academic Stipends simultaneously, the person may claim the payment of only one benefit of his/her own choice. A person is not entitled to be in public service and at the same time receive age pension. In case a person is public servant the right to entitlement to a pension doesn’t originate or the right will be terminated during the period of public service.
Pensioner is authorized to receive social assistance in accordance with the Georgian legislation and is entitled to other rights determined by the law.
Payment of pension shall be suspended when a person fails to withdraw pension for six consecutive months and when person is in pretrial detention. Payment of pensions shall be resumed and the undrawn amount of the past period, but not more than one year after the date of suspending the payment of pension, shall be subject to payment except the pension suspended due to pretrial detention of a person which can be resumed when a judgment of acquittal is delivered with respect to a person.
Payment of pension will be terminated in case of:
To grant, organize payment of, suspend, resume, terminate and recalculate pensions, as well as regulation of other relationship related to receipt of a pension and implementation of rights and obligations determined for a competent authority is performed by the Legal Entity of Public Law - Social Service Agency.
The territorial bureaus/consultation centers of the LEPL Legal Aid Service provide free consultation and legal assistance (drafting legal documents, court representation) in cases of violation of rights related to the payment of a pension within the boundaries established by the law.
Scope of Service
In the course of conducting defense on civil and/or administrative cases, the lawyer of Legal Aid Service, as the rule conducts following actions:
The Legal Aid Service provides free legal assistance in pension disputes if a person is insolvent and his/her case falls into the category of complex and important cases.
A person is considered to be insolvent and entitled to use legal services on state’s expense if he/she is a member of a family registered in the unified database of socially vulnerable families, whose socioeconomic index is equal or below 70 000.
In addition, person is considered to be insolvent and has right to use the legal services on the state’s expense in case he/she is a member of a family registered in the unified database of socially vulnerable families, whose socioeconomic index is equal or below 100 000 and belongs to one of the categories listed below:
The legal services can be provided in special circumstances to those people who are not registered in the unified database of socially vulnerable families but due to difficult social-economical condition cannot afford to cover the expenses of legal assistance. This is regulated by the Decision #27 of the Legal Aid Service Board adopted on September 9, 2015. This condition applies to the persons who belong to the following categories: