Generally, caregivers assume responsibility for an older adult without legal obligation to do so, unless they are legally appointed or designated as a guardian, medical power of attorney, or durable power of attorney. Caregivers must often help their loved ones understand advance planning and financial issues, which encompass practically every aspect of a person’s life. These issues sometimes involve legal concerns, which many caregivers need help to interpret.
To offer guidance on advance planning and other legal issues affecting older adults and their caregivers, visit the websites of the organizations listed below.
AARP's legal solutions provides a variety of information, including:
Pennsylvanians age 50 and older can receive legal advice and/or referrals to local participating lawyers for services by calling the AARP Legal Advice Line at 800-262-5297. Ask the AARP Representative to explain any charges for services. AARP Legal Services Network attorneys also provide free and reduced-fee legal services.
The PBA Senior Lawyers Committee has published A Guide to Legal Issues for Pennsylvania Senior Citizens, which provides valuable information to senior citizens on a variety of legal topics.
A Legal Referral Service operates Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and can be reached by calling (800) 692-7375 or (717) 238-6807. Ask the Legal Referral Services representative to explain any charges for services.
The Pennsylvania Legal Services Organization provides general information on important legal issues and offers specialty programs that provide services to specific client groups, including individuals with low incomes and individuals within institutions.
The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. provides leadership, funding, and support to improve the availability and quality of civil legal aid for people with low incomes and victims of domestic violence in Pennsylvania.