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Legal Assistance Development for the Protection of Elder Rights
Legal assistance development for the protection of elder rights  

• Legal services development program
• Legal resources for seniors
• Resources for finding an attorney
• Elder abuse prevention
• Resources for legal assistance providers

Legal services development program

Access to legal services has been deemed by Congress to be an essential component in the ability of older persons to lead lives that are independent, healthy, and safe. As mandated by the OAA, legal assistance services are one of the many services offered via Oregon's local Area Agencies on Aging. To deliver these services, the Area Agencies on Aging contract with local legal services providers.

Legal assistance services funded under the OAA are targeted for seniors with a social or economic need and are available for legal issues such as those related to:

  • Income and public benefits
  • Housing
  • Guardianship actions
  • Long-term care
  • Health care
  • Protection from abuse or neglect
  • Utilities
  • Age discrimination

To ensure that legal assistance services are being provided for these priorities, a Legal Assistance Developer exists in each state. The purpose of the Legal Assistance Developer is to coordinate the provision of legal services under the OAA, providing support to the area agencies on aging and the legal assistance providers with which the agencies have contracted. The goal of the Developer program is to enhance the quality and quantity of legal services provided to older individuals.

Legal resources for seniors

The resources below are provided as general information and are not a substitute for consulting with an attorney. If you believe you have a legal issue, use the links under Resources for finding an attorney in the next section below to find an attorney who is familiar with your specific questions.

Sponsored by Legal Aid Services of Oregon, this site provides free legal information for low-income Oregonians.

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Elder Law Handbook
Information about legal rights and public benefits for seniors, including information about legal issues such as:

  • Guardianships / Conservatorships
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Wills / Trusts
  • Property Ownership and Rental
  • Managing Health Care Choices
  • Long Term Care issues
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Prescription Drug Programs
  • Social Security
  • Veteran's Benefits
  • Food Stamps
  • Other financial assistance
  • Visitation and Custody Rights for Grandparents
  • Elder Abuse, including Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
  • Age Discrimination and Disability Discrimination
  • Consumer Protection from:
    • Bankruptcy
    • Predatory lending
    • Debt collection
    • Utility bills
    • Telemarketing calls
    • Identity theft
    • Reverse Mortgages

Advance Directives in Oregon
An advance directive is a written declaration that allows you to prepare for the possibility of becoming incapable of expressing your health care wishes. It allows you to declare, in advance, a set of instructions that explain whether medical professionals should continue curative and life-sustaining treatment or remove life support systems.

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Resources for finding an attorney

Oregon Area Agencies on Aging
If you are an Oregon senior with an economic or social need, and you think you might qualify for the legal assistance services covered under the Older Americans Act, visit this site to find your local Area Agency on Aging. Your local office can put you in touch with the legal services provider with which they have contracted.

Directory of Legal Aid Programs in Oregon
This directory lists those offices in Oregon that provide legal assistance for civil legal issues to low-income persons. Legal aid offices listed in this directory may be able to provide legal assistance depending on the type of case and the financial limitations of the individual.

Oregon State Bar Lawyer Referral Service
The Oregon State Bar established a referral program to match individuals with a lawyer who may be able to assist with legal issues. Lawyers participating in the referral service are required to provide an initial in-office consultation for no more than $35, though any additional fees must be arranged between the individual client and the attorney. However, as also described on the referral service site, the State Bar also coordinates a Modest Means Program that may make your case eligible for a reduced rate for additional legal work depending on the type of legal matter, the individual's income and assets, and availability of an attorney participating in the modest means program.

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
This link provides a series of questions and considerations to make before hiring an Elder law attorney.

Elder abuse prevention

Visit the Elder rights & Abuse prevention section of our site for the following resources:

  • Long Term Care Ombudsman
  • Adult Protective Services
  • Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance Program (SHIBA)
  • Senior Medicare Patrol
  • Consumer Protection / Financial Fraud reporting

Resources for AAAs and providers