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The Ohio Department of Aging

Ohio Department of Aging Legal Assistance

Legal Advice and Referral

Skilled professionals are available to help older adults with personal a range of legal issues, including:

  • Consumer concerns
  • Domestic issues
  • Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
  • Food Stamps
  • Guardianship
  • Living wills
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Power of Attorney
  • Public utilities
  • Social Security
  • Tenant/landlord issues
  • Wills
  • Other public benefits
  • Other legal issues

Contact your area agency on aging for the availability of legal help in your neighborhood. For limited legal advice or referral to an elder law Attorney, contact PRO Seniors, Inc. at 1-800-488-6070. The Office of the State Long-term Care Ombudsman also may be able to answer fundamental questions about legal rights and services. Call that office at 1-800-282-1206.

Senior Adult Couple Going Over Papers in Their Home with Agent

Report Elder Abuse and Exploitation

If you feel that you or a loved one has been the victim of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation, help is available from the state's Adult Protective Services Program administered by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Learn more about Adult Protective Services...

Contact your county department of job and family services to report suspected abuse...

If you or a loved one are in immediate harm, call local law enforcement right away.


Related Information

Advance Directives
LeadingAge Ohio provides forms for Ohio's Living Will, Health Care Power of Attorney and uniform organ donor card.

Emergency Contact Information - Next of Kin Program
This program of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles gives you the chance to connect contact information with your state ID or driver license for quicker notification and decision making in an emergency.

Medicare Balance Billing
The Ohio Department of Health protects people with Medicare from being billed for amounts beyond those approved by Medicare.

This resource provides information about issues facing seniors and supports a network of elder law attorneys.

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
NAELA offers tips and a directory for finding an elder law attorney.

Ohio State Bar Association
OSBA offers a wealth of resources, programs and tools for the public to understand and get the most out of an attorney.