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Legal Help (Aging) « Aging Issues

The mission of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging is to strengthen and secure the legal rights, dignity, autonomy, quality of life, and quality of care of elders.

Legal Help for People Who Are Elderly

  • Administration on Aging Awards Nearly $1.1 Million to States to Help Older Americans Access Legal Services
    These grants, which bring together the aging and legal service delivery systems, will improve states' efforts to protect the independence, health and financial security of older adults.
  • Bifocal (American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging)
    Newsletter distributed six times a year to elder bar section of the ABA.
  • California Senior Legal Hotline Foreclosure Project (CERA)
    When the statewide senior legal hotline model was launched and expanded by a partnership of AARP Foundation and the Administration on Aging close to 20 years ago, the goal was to connect seniors with free, high quality legal advice and referral through the easy accessibility of the telephone.
  • Center for Elder Rights Advocacy (CERA)
    The Center for Elder Rights Advocacy, a program of Elder Law of Michigan, is part of the national technical support for Senior Legal Helplines as part of the US Administration on Aging's National Legal Resource Center.
  • Commission on Law and Aging (ABA)
    ABA policies based on the recommendations at its annual meeting.
  • Elder and Probate Mediation: a Vital Resource for Families (U.S. Politics Today – 4/13/11)
    Mediation is a common and effective technique that has long been used in general civil disputes, as well as in divorce and child custody matters. In recent years, however, with a higher percentage of the American population living longer and struggling with evolving and complex issues related to aging, mediation is becoming an important tool to assist families in resolving emotional and delicate situations with their older relatives. Although mediation can be an excellent method for resolving elder law and probate disputes, however, it is only slowly coming into the public consciousness as an alternative to court proceedings.
  • In Your Hands: Legal Tools for Preserving Personal Autonomy (YouTube Video)
    Created by the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging, this video is narrated by the late Helen Hayes, with an epilogue by her son, James MacArthur. It addresses the legal aspects of planning for incapacity in a clear and positive way, and introduces four legal tools: durable powers of attorney, medical powers of attorney, living wills and trusts. 
  • Legal Resources and Considerations for Seniors and Persons with Special Needs 
    Both the disabled and the elderly population have specific rights that are protected by law. From the right to fair housing to the right to be protected from fraud and abuse, these are clearly outlined in the law. Unfortunately those rights often aren't met in day-to-day life as they should be.
  • Online Intake Helps Hotlines and Clients (CERA)
    Cheryl Nolan at LSC, in collaboration with CERA, presented a webinar featuring Online Intake procedures at four legal hotlines.
  • National Consumer Law Center
    Protecting vulnerable consumers and promoting marketplace justice.
  • National Legal Resource Center
    The NLRC was created in 2008 by the Administration on Aging (AoA) to empower legal and aging services advocates with the resources necessary to provide high quality legal help to seniors who are facing direct threats to their ability to live independently in their homes and communities.
  • National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC)
    Advocates before the courts, Congress and federal agencies to promote the independence and well-being of low-income elderly and disabled Americans.
  • Senior Legal Helplines – 2008 (CERA)
    22 statewide senior legal hotlines provided data to CERA on their productivity, funding, levels of service, and client demographics.

Additional Legal Resources

  • Legal Resources and Considerations for Seniors and Persons with Special Needs (Just Great Lawyers)
    By the year 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the population of those over the age of 65 will reach 50 million people. By 2030 one out of every five Americans will be in this elderly population. These individuals have specific legal rights that need to be protected, and also need to make important legal considerations to ensure their rights and desires are protected as they near the end of life.