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This website has been condensed and is no longer being updated as of November 28, 2016. Some resources previously available on this website may no longer be available. Content may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available. An upcoming 2017 website for the new National Center of Law and Elder Rights (NCLER) will provide an enhanced experience in access to national legal resource support in the priority legal issue areas currently featured on this site. The new NCLER Website will include access to:

  • Legal Basics Training and Advanced Training program
  • Technical Assistance in legal service delivery systems
  • Web requests for Case Consultations
  • Alerts, news and resources to help you stay informed

NCLER experts are available now for case consultations in substantive legal issues and technical assistance on the enhancement of legal service delivery systems. Please Contact ncler@justiceinaging.org

About NLRC

The overall purpose of the National Legal Resource Center (NLRC) is to provide the aging and legal networks with easy access to a coordinated national legal assistance support system in order to strengthen legal assistance/elder rights efforts across the country. The NLRC has (2) primary ongoing objectives:

Objective 1: The NLRC supports the leadership, knowledge, and systems capacity of states, legal services providers, area agencies on aging, ADRCs, and other organizations serving older persons in order to enhance the quality, cost effectiveness, and accessibility of legal assistance, and elder rights programs provided to older persons.

Objective 2: The NLRC supports demonstration projects and state wide initiatives designed to expand or improve the delivery of legal assistance and elder rights protections to older persons with social or economic needs.

Through pursuit of these objectives, the NLRC helps promote the creation of a nation-wide system of effective legal assistance and elder rights advocacy services that protect and enhance essential rights and benefits of older adults facing challenges to their independence and financial security, particularly older persons who are least able to advocate on their own behalf.

NLRC Targeted Audience

The audience targeted to receive support services through the NLRC includes a broad range of legal and elder rights advocates who play important roles in helping to achieve the NLRC’s goal. These include: State Unit on Aging Directors, State Legal Services Developers, State LTC Ombudsman, Area Agency on Aging staff, Aging & Disability Resource Center staff, Title IIIB legal providers, Legal Services Corporation providers, senior legal hotlines, and other professionals involved in protecting the rights of older persons.

NLRC Services Available

NLRC partners can provide support and assistance on both substantive legal issues and service delivery systems issues. This includes intensive case consultation and training on complex and emerging legal issues, and access to a wide range of information resources. Types of legal issues include, for example, saving elders from the tragic loss of their homes through foreclosure, protecting against consumer scams that destroy nest eggs, problems in long-term care facilities, and difficulties in accessing public benefits essential to remaining financially secure, independent, and healthy. With respect to legal assistance/elder rights delivery systems, NLRC partners can provide technical assistance and resource materials on the efficient, cost-effective and targeted provision of state-wide legal and elder rights advocacy services.

About the NLRC Partners

The NLRC brings together the knowledge and experience of five national organizations well known for their expertise and support of the legal and aging services network.

American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging

American Bar Association logoThe mission of the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging is to strengthen and secure the legal rights, dignity, autonomy, quality of life, and quality of care of elders. It carries out this mission through research, policy development, technical assistance, advocacy, education, and training.

The Commission consists of a 15-member interdisciplinary body of experts in aging and law, including lawyers, judges, health and social services professionals, academics, and advocates supported by a professional staff of nine in the Washington DC office of the ABA.

The Commission publishes a wide array of professional and consumer guides on issues in law and aging and detailed analysis of laws and policies that impact older Americans. The publications are available on the Commission web site at http://www.abanet.org/aging.

The Commission examines a wide range of law-related issues, including:

  • Legal Services to Older Persons
  • Health and Long-term Care
  • Housing Needs
  • Professional Ethical Issues
  • Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Other Public Benefit Programs
  • Planning for Incapacity
  • Guardianship
  • Elder Abuse
  • Health Care Decision-making
  • Pain Management and End-of-Life Care
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Court-Related Needs of Older Persons with Disabilities

Center for Elder Rights Advocacy

Center for Elder Rights Advocacy logoThe Center for Elder Rights Advocacy (CERA) provides technical assistance to state, regional, and local organizations in the design, implementation, administration, and evaluation of low-cost legal assistance delivery systems—primarily, senior legal helplines. CERA works with a broad array of stakeholders to create and implement cost-effective legal service delivery systems that integrate seamlessly with legal and aging services. CERA recognizes and emphasizes the national importance of senior legal helplines for addressing significant numbers and types of legal and aging concerns of older adults and their caregivers. CERA provides technical assistance through trainings, resource material development, and direct consultations. For more information about CERA or for assistance, visit their website, http://www.ceraresource.org, or contact them at info@ceraresource.org or at 1-866-949-2372.

National Consumer Law Center

National Consumer Law Center logo Since our founding in 1969, the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) has protected low-income consumers from abusive financial transactions. NCLC provides training, legal analysis and advocacy, case consultation assistance, and educational materials for low-income and elderly consumers, attorneys, advocates, community organizations, and government agencies nationwide. NCLC seeks stronger consumer protections on matters important to low-income families and elders, including home foreclosures, predatory mortgage lending, debt collection harassment, protection of exempt assets from creditors, bankruptcy, car purchases and financing, high-cost banking and usurious short-term lending, and home utility services.

The National Consumer Law Center will provide in-person and webinar trainings for the aging and legal services networks nationwide. After decades of training, mentoring and providing advice and technical assistance to legal services providers and members of the Aging Services Network, the Center is ready to work with the Administration on Aging to further its mission of helping Older Americans remain in their homes and communities for as long as possible. Providing training on a wide range of topics is an essential function of a National Legal Resource Center. NCLC has years of experience training the legal services providers and non-attorney advocates who will lead the effort to help Older Americans age in place. NCLC is also well versed in the issues confronting our elderly population and is eager to work with the Administration on Aging in helping it empower older persons to remain independent, healthy and safe within their homes and communities.

To learn more about NCLC, visit http://www.nclc.org

Justice in Aging

Justice In Aging logoJustice in Aging is a nonprofit organization whose principal mission is to protect the rights of low-income older adults. Through advocacy, litigation, and the education and counseling of local advocates, Justice in aging seeks to ensure the health and economic security of those with limited income and resources and access to the courts for all.

Founded in 1972 at the National Senior Citizens Law Center, Justice in Aging has worked to promote the independence and well-being of low-income elderly and persons with disabilities, especially women, people of color, and other disadvantaged minorities.

Justice in Aging works tirelessly to preserve and strengthen Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and Supplemental Security Income, benefits programs that allow low-income older adults to live with dignity and independence. In addition, Justice in Aging's Federal Rights Project works for greater access to the federal courts for all. Justice in Aging's staff includes nine attorneys and the organization has offices in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Oakland, CA.

To learn more about Justice in Aging, visit http://www.justiceinaging.org

The Center for Social Gerontology

The Center for Social Gerontology logoThe Center for Social Gerontology, Inc. (TCSG), is a non-profit research, training and social policy organization dedicated to promoting the individual autonomy of older persons and advancing their well-being in society.

TCSG's mission is to help society adapt to the dramatic increase in the numbers of old and very old, and to insure that older persons at all socio-economic and health levels can meet their needs and use their talents and abilities in a changing society. We undertake to lead, and even prod, policy makers and others to consider carefully the implications of the aging of America in formulating social policies and programs.

Over the years, specific objectives and activities have evolved in response to emerging issues and as the needs of older persons and aging society have evolved.

TCSG is currently focusing particular attention on:

  • Law and aging issues and delivery systems - TCSG serves as a National Support Center in Law & Aging with particular focus on working with individual states and legal services developers to create strong and effective legal/elder rights advocacy systems for vulnerable elders;
  • Issues of integration and coordination, particularly with States that have Administration on Aging grants for “Model Approaches to Statewide Legal Assistance Systems,” to maximize impact of limited legal resources, particularly for older persons in greatest need of assistance;
  • Tobacco and elderly issues - TCSG operates the National Center for Tobacco Free Older Persons and the Smoke-Free Environments Law Project; and
  • Issues of guardianship, alternatives to guardianship and the provision of guardianship services by public and private guardianship service providers

To learn more about TCSG, visit http://www.tcsg.org.

You can contact nlrc@americanbar.org for more information.