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This section of our website is for people 60 and older. Click on links below to find more information or contact the local office as listed on the left.

For debt collection issues, financial abuse, scams or other consumer problems, call the Consumer Law Project for Elders at 1-800-296-1467. For more information, click on Financial and Debt Issues below.

Power of Attorney and End of Life Issues

A prepaid funeral contract is a legal agreement that says you will pay for funeral services now that will be needed in the future. You can pay with money, insurance, or an investment that you own.

You can decide now what types of care you want if you are unable to make those decisions later. Health Care Instructions tell your health care providers your wishes even if you become unable to speak for yourself because of dementia or other medical problems. Your health care instructions include your directions about living wills, health care representatives, conservators preference, and organ donation.

Individuals have rights, through common law, the Federal constitution and state statutes, to make informed decisions about their health care.

What is a Power of Attorney? What does "durable" mean? When does the Power of Attorney start to work?

Here is how to revoke a power of attorney.

An advance directive allows you to have a say your health care treatment when you are unable to do so.

In this form, you will find advance directives, including: appointment of health care representative, living will or health care instructions, appointment of conservator, organ donation, and more. If you do NOT want to make one of the directives, you can initial the top of each section.

If someone asked you to help plan a funeral, would you know where to start? The FTC’s information about funeral goods and services, types of funerals, and your rights can help. The FTC enforces the Funeral Rule, which makes it possible for you to compare prices and choose only the things you want or need.

PREPARE for Your Care can help you prepare for medical decision making. This tool will help you explore your wishes and learn how to discuss them with family, friends, and medical providers. PREPARE also offers legally-binding advance directives in English and Spanish.

Call Legal Aid for Help

If you are 60 or over, you can get help from legal aid by calling the office directly. Click here to find your legal services office by town.

Bridgeport Connecticut Legal Services: 1‑800‑809‑4434 or 203‑336‑3851

Greater Hartford Legal Aid: 860‑541‑5000

New Haven Legal Assistance: 203‑946‑4811

Stamford Connecticut Legal Services: 203‑348‑9216

Waterbury Connecticut Legal Services: 1‑800‑413‑7797 or 203‑756‑8074

Willimantic Connecticut Legal Services: 1‑800‑413‑7796 or 860‑456‑1761

Consumer problems only: Call the Consumer Law Project for Elders at 1‑800‑296‑1467

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Dial 2-1-1 or go to 211ct.org for help with services in your community.

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This section of our website is for people 60 and older. Click on links below to find more information or contact the local office as listed on the left.

For debt collection issues, financial abuse, scams or other consumer problems, call the Consumer Law Project for Elders at 1-800-296-1467. For more information, click on Financial and Debt Issues below.

Power of Attorney and End of Life Issues

A prepaid funeral contract is a legal agreement that says you will pay for funeral services now that will be needed in the future. You can pay with money, insurance, or an investment that you own.

You can decide now what types of care you want if you are unable to make those decisions later. Health Care Instructions tell your health care providers your wishes even if you become unable to speak for yourself because of dementia or other medical problems. Your health care instructions include your directions about living wills, health care representatives, conservators preference, and organ donation.

Individuals have rights, through common law, the Federal constitution and state statutes, to make informed decisions about their health care.

What is a Power of Attorney? What does "durable" mean? When does the Power of Attorney start to work?

Here is how to revoke a power of attorney.

An advance directive allows you to have a say your health care treatment when you are unable to do so.

In this form, you will find advance directives, including: appointment of health care representative, living will or health care instructions, appointment of conservator, organ donation, and more. If you do NOT want to make one of the directives, you can initial the top of each section.

If someone asked you to help plan a funeral, would you know where to start? The FTC’s information about funeral goods and services, types of funerals, and your rights can help. The FTC enforces the Funeral Rule, which makes it possible for you to compare prices and choose only the things you want or need.

PREPARE for Your Care can help you prepare for medical decision making. This tool will help you explore your wishes and learn how to discuss them with family, friends, and medical providers. PREPARE also offers legally-binding advance directives in English and Spanish.