Commission on Law and Aging

The ABA Commission on Law and Aging leads the association in strengthening and securing the legal rights, dignity, autonomy, quality of life and quality of care of older adults. The Commission accomplishes its work through research, policy development, advocacy, education, training and through assistance to lawyers, bar associations and others working on aging issues. 

About the Commission

The ABA Commission on Law and Aging is a collaborative and interdisciplinary leader of the Association’s work to strengthen and secure the legal rights, dignity, autonomy, quality of life, and quality of care of aging persons. The Commission accomplishes its work through research, policy development, advocacy, education, training, and through assistance to lawyers, bar associations, and other groups working on issues of aging. Watch our video introduction.

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Public Interest Membership

ABA membership has new benefits and discounted rates for Public Interest Lawyers starting at just $75 per year. ABA membership supports advocacy for laws, programs and funding for legal aid and public interest programs. Membership opens the door to professional networks, valuable resources, discounts on programs and publications, free online CLE and much more!

BIFOCAL The Journal of The Commission on Law and Aging

Bifocal, the ABA Commission's bi-monthly journal, provides timely, valuable legal resources pertaining to older persons, generated through the joint efforts of public and private bar groups and the aging network. Bifocal invites the submission of elder law related news, articles, initiatives and projects. Contact us for manuscript guidelines and deadline information for upcoming issues.

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Our Work

In addition to research, policy development, advocacy, education, and training, we provide technical assistance to legal, aging, media organizations and professionals. And, we provide legislative tracking charts and technical and educational resources on our website in the areas of: Guardianship; Elder Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation; and Health Care Decision Making.

Discussion Lists

The Commission provides a forum for legal professionals to communicate and share ideas on three active discussion lists. Elderbar, COLA Law and Aging Networking and Aging Solo. In order to maintain lists with relevant participants, we ask that you email the commission and provide the name of the list(s) you're interested in on the subject line. In the body of your email please include your mailing address and phone number.

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Featured Programs and Initiatives

The ABA Commission on Law and Aging examines a wide range of legal issues affecting older persons. This work results in valuable resources, conferences, technical assistance and training programs, and demonstration projects of considerable value to the association and the public at large.

Publications and Resources

The Commission on Law and Aging produces a wide array of publications to assist elder law attorneys, advocates, and consumers. Many of these publications are available as free downloads on our individual Resources and Centers pages. Continue scrolling to read more about our featured resources.

Featured Resources

Mind Your Loved Ones (MYLO)

Mind Your Loved Ones, known as MYLO, is a mobile app that gives individuals the ability to store their own and their loved one’s critical medical information, health care directives, and other related data on their Apple or Android phones, iPads® or tablets. Users can send this information directly to health care providers (e.g. their doctors, hospitals, insurance companies, etc.), to their family members or trusted friends by email, fax, text, or print. ABA members – log-in to download the app at the discounted price of $4.99 Non-members – download the app for $7.99

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Why am I left in the waiting room? Understanding the Four C’s of Elder Law Ethics

This consumer-friendly brochure explains the “Four C’s” of elder law ethics—client identification, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, and capacity. It helps family members understand the relationship between a lawyer and an older client. Updated in January 2020. For orders of 100 or more copies, please use the promo code AGBULK100 for a discounted price of $0.50 per brochure.

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Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams

If you’re an EAFRT member or thinking about developing or joining a team, check out our updated EAFRT replication manual and other new resources.

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Supporting Decision Making Across the Age Spectrum-Final Report

In May and June 2019, the Commission on Law and Aging convened advocates, experts, and policymakers in disabilities and aging to discuss decision supports for individuals across the age spectrum and to explore areas of consensus about supporting decision-making for all adults.

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Managing Someone Else's Money Guides

Millions of Americans are managing money or property for a loved one who is unable to pay bills or make financial decisions. Here are four easy-to-understand booklets to help financial caregivers. Written by the Commission and published by the CFPB, the guides are for agents under powers of attorney, court-appointed guardians, trustees, and government fiduciaries (Social Security representative payees and VA fiduciaries).

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Giving Someone a Power of Attorney for Your Healthcare

An easy-to-use, legal form for all adults.

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Making Medical Decisions for Someone Else

Making Medical Decisions for Someone Else makes it easy understand what it’s like to be a health care proxy, what to do while there’s still time to think about it, how to make the hard decisions, and where to get help.

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Consumer’s Tool Kit for Health Care Advance Planning

Good advance planning for health care decisions is, in reality, a continuing conversation. To help you in this process, this tool kit contains a variety of self-help worksheets, suggestions, and resources.

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Support Us

Help us continue to improve the lives of older Americans. Write a check made payable to Fund for Justice and Education. Designate ABA Commission on Law and Aging, on the memo line. Mail to: ABA Fund for Justice and Education 321 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60654

Donations

To discuss a specific gift of support, call  202-662-8690 or email the Commission at aging@americanbar.org.

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Your contribution is tax-deductible.      

 

Contact Us

The Commission on Law and Aging staff can be contacted using this online form or by calling 202-662-8690.