Jennifer Cona, a managing partner in the law firm Genser...

Jennifer Cona, a managing partner in the law firm Genser Dubow Genser & Cona, in the Susan C. Snowe Caregiver Resource Center, a free clinic, at the firm's Melville offices. (June 8, 2012) Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin

Beginning this week, there will be a place to go on Long Island for free advice from a lawyer in the complex area of elder law.

On Thursday, one of the Island's larger elder law firms, Genser Dubow Genser & Cona of Melville, will open the Susan C. Snowe Caregiver Resource Center at its offices at 225 Broad Hollow Rd. One day a week -- which one undecided as of now -- an elder law attorney will be available for free consultations. On the other days, said managing partner Jennifer Cona, people can come in and use the center to read material about elder law.

In March, Genser Dubow doubled its space, to 13,000 square feet, after moving a few doors away from its previous space. That made it possible to open the center, named after a social worker who spent 32 years at facilities on the Island for AHRC, a group helping people with developmental disabilities. Snowe died in 2010 at age 74.

Genser Dubow, which has 11 attorneys, opened in 1968. The center is one way to bring in new clients, but Cona said "the goal is to provide value" for those seeking elder law advice.