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Legal Assistance

The Older Pennsylvanians Legal Assistance Program provides access to free legal services for older adults including counsel, advice, and representation in a case. The program can help with legal matters relating to: 

    • Abuse
    • Age discrimination
    • Guardianship defense
    • Healthcare
    • Housing
    • Long-Term care
    • Medicaid
    • Medicare
    • Nutrition
    • Social Security & SSI 
    • Utilities


The program is open to Pennsylvania residents age 60 and older with a specific focus on older adults with the greatest economic and/or social needs.


There is no charge for the legal services provided through the program, however, voluntary contributions are always welcomed and appreciated. Clients are required to pay for actual costs incurred, such as court costs and filing fees.

Getting Started

To get started and find out more about the Older Pennsylvanians Legal Assistance Program and the services that best meet your needs contact us by:

Your Local Area Agency on Aging
Locate the AAA serving your local area using the Area Agency on Aging Locator.
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Contact the Pennsylvania Department of Aging at 717-783-1550.
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Contact the Legal Assistance Developer at

Additional Legal Assistance Resources

Pennsylvania SeniorLAW Helpline 1-877-PA SR LAW (1-877-727-7529)The Pennsylvania SeniorLAW Helpline is a toll-free, state-wide, legal information, advice and referral service for Pennsylvanian's age 60 years and older.  The helpline is administered by the SeniorLAW Center in Philadelphia. For more information, visit or email

PA Legal Aid Network - PA Legal Aid Network (PLAN) is a state-wide network of independent legal programs that provide legal assistance to low-income individuals and families. is a self-guided online resource that can help you understand your legal rights, the law, and the courts as well as locate legal forms or programs providing legal assistance in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania's SeniorLAW Helpline, PA Legal Aid, and are external resources operated outside of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.  For any questions regarding these resources please contact the program directly.  

Disclaimer: The Pennsylvania Department of Aging cannot provide legal advice. Specific questions about any of the above areas of law should be directed to an attorney.