Legal Assistance for Older Adults

If you are a Wisconsin resident aged 60 or older and you need legal information, advice, or representation, contact a benefit specialist at your local aging and disability resource center (ADRC) or aging office. Benefit specialists give free, confidential counseling and advocacy on a wide range of programs and services and can help you find a qualified attorney, if needed.

Legal Assistance Project

The Older Americans Act requires states to ensure that older people have access to legal advice and representation, information and education, and referrals in civil legal matters. In Wisconsin, these services are available through the Elder Benefit Specialist program.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) recently assessed the legal needs of Wisconsin’s older adults and explored how Wisconsin can strengthen our capacity to meet those needs with the Model Approaches to Legal Assistance Phase One grant, which ran from August 1, 2016, to July 31, 2019. Results from this study are being reviewed and will be published in a report upon completion.

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Last Revised: March 3, 2021