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Seniors

Government benefits, health care, Medicare, Medicaid, living wills, powers of attorney, health care instructions, nursing homes, burial plots.

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Call Legal Aid for Help

If you are 60 or over, get help from legal aid by calling the following:

For consumer problems such as debt issues, identity theft, and contract problems call:
The Consumer Law Project for Elders
1-800-296-1467

For all other elder law problems, such as nursing home issues, home care, and living wills, call your local legal aid office:

Eastern CT (Willimantic area)
800-413-7796 or 860-456-1761

Western CT (Waterbury/Litchfield County)
800-413-7797 or 203-756-8074

Southwestern CT
800-809-4434 or 203-336-3851
(Bridgeport)

203-348-9216 (Stamford)

Northcentral CT (Hartford area)
860-541-5000

Southcentral CT
203-946-4811
(New Haven)

Click here for more information.

This is a special section of our website just for people 60 and over, along with their family members, personal helpers, or advocates. We cover everything from government benefits to housing to funeral contracts and much more.

Have debt collectors been contacting you? Are they calling at unreasonable hours, calling family, friends or your work? Have they used bad language or threatened you?  If so, they may have violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.  Call the Consumer Law Project for Elders at 1-800-296-1467 to learn what you can do.

This benefits survey will help you determine if you could get help to pay for things like food, health insurance, and child care.

Watch this video to learn about how to apply and appeal for disability at Social Security. This video covers federal laws so the information in it is true no matter what state you live in.

Phone numbers for various DSS programs for elders.

Get information about financial eligibility criteria, benefits, and related information for Medicare, Medicaid, SSI, Social Security, and more.

Do you need help paying your bills? Find out about programs that can provide cash, food, housing, medical care, child care, energy assistance, and more. This information can help people with or without kids, veterans, those with a disability, teens living on their own, and more.

The State of Connecticut and some drug manufactures offer programs that help certain persons who need prescription medications.

Free Legal Assistance
The Consumer Law Project for Elders

The Consumer Law Project for Elders (CLPE) provides free legal assistance to Connecticut residents 60 or over who have consumer questions or problems such as credit card or medical debt, abusive or harassing debt collection, debt collection law suits, bank executions, wage executions, credit report and repair problems, contract problems, identity theft, and scams.  Spanish speaking staff is available.

The Consumer Law Project for Elders
A project of Connecticut Legal Services, Inc.
1-800-296-1467

Are you having trouble paying your bills? Bankruptcy is a legal way to get rid of certain debts and give you a fresh start. But some people may not need to file bankruptcy - read this article to learn more.

Read this brochure to learn about what a scam is, why seniors are frequent targets of scams, who the scammers are, what the most common scams are, what you can do to prevent becoming a victim of a scam, and who to contact if you are a victim of a scam.

Be aware of these common scams so you can avoid them.

Phone numbers for various DSS programs for elders.

Connecticut Long Term Care Ombudsman Program protects and promotes the rights and quality of life for residents of skilled nursing facilities, residential care homes and managed residential care communities (also known as assisted living facilities).

Learn about some common scams and who can you contact if you are a victim of a scam.

If you are behind in paying your bills, someone will probably contact you to collect the money you owe. You might owe money on a car loan, credit card accounts, medical bills, utility bills, home mortgage and others.

This web site contains links to Connecticut and federal statutes, regulations, and cases important to Elder Law -- maintained by Attorney Lisa Nachmias Davis and a must for any Connecticut Elder Law Attorney.

Read this booklet to learn about Small Claims Court in Connecticut. Small Claims Court allows one person to sue another person for up to $5,000. Many people can go to small claims court without a lawyer.

Phone numbers for various DSS programs for elders.

Connecticut Long Term Care Ombudsman Program protects and promotes the rights and quality of life for residents of skilled nursing facilities, residential care homes and managed residential care communities (also known as assisted living facilities).

This benefits survey will help you determine if you could get help to pay for things like food, health insurance, and child care.

For non-institutional health care providers (doctors, therapists, nurses, etc.), Connecticut statutes govern a patient's right to access his or her medical records.

Medicaid is health insurance that helps people pay some or all of their medical bills. It may be free for families with children, pregnant women, and adults without children at home, depending on their income.

This article discusses nursing home complaint procedures.

Phone numbers for various DSS programs for elders.

Connecticut Long Term Care Ombudsman Program protects and promotes the rights and quality of life for residents of skilled nursing facilities, residential care homes and managed residential care communities (also known as assisted living facilities).

Get information about financial eligibility criteria, benefits, and related information for Medicare, Medicaid, SSI, Social Security, and more.

What kind of medical care would you want if you were too ill or hurt to say? You can prepare legal documents ahead of time that tell your wishes if you cannot speak for yourself later. Read this booklet to learn how to state your choices about medical care, organ donation, and naming someone to make decisions if you cannot.

Medicaid is a federal health insurance program. It pays medical bills for people and families with low income and few resources.

Medicaid (also known as Title 19 or Title XIX)  is a federal and state funded medical assistance program offered by the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS) for certain low-income families and individuals. 

Learn how to apply for a Medicare Savings Program.

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

The State of Connecticut and some drug manufactures offer programs that help certain persons who need prescription medications.

This web site contains links to Connecticut and federal statutes, regulations, and cases important to Elder Law -- maintained by Attorney Lisa Nachmias Davis and a must for any Connecticut Elder Law Attorney.

Renters Homeowners
If You or Someone You Know Is Homeless
Help Staying At Home
General Information for Renters and Homeowners
Housing Discrimination
Finding Housing
Housing Statutes and Regulations
  • In CT, landlord/tenant law is codified at Conn. Gen. Stat. 47a-1 and continuing immediately thereafter.
    Visit the CT General Assembly website.
  • In CT, the Eviction (Summary Process) is codified at Conn. Gen. Stat. 47a-23 and continuing immediately thereafter.
    Visit the CT General Assembly website.
  • For federally financed housing programs, the federal statute is codified at 42 U.S.C 1437 and continuing immediately thereafter.
    Visit the Office of the Law Revision Counsel.

**NOTE: The renters’ rebate program provides partial rent and utility rebates to low income elderly and individuals with a disability.

In 2013, CT passed a law that suspended  the renters’ rebate program. It was closed to applicants who did not receive a rebate in calendar year 2011 or received a rebate in calendar year 2011, but not in 2012.

In 2014, CT removed this suspension and opened the renters’ rebate program to new applicants, even if they did not receive a rebate in 2011 or 2012.

Phone numbers for various DSS programs for elders.

Connecticut Long Term Care Ombudsman Program protects and promotes the rights and quality of life for residents of skilled nursing facilities, residential care homes and managed residential care communities (also known as assisted living facilities).

Watch this video to learn your rights under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) if you get Section 8. This video covers federal laws, so the information is true no matter what state you live in.

There are low-interest loans and some grant money which allow seniors to modify their homes to make them more safe and accessible.

This web site contains links to Connecticut and federal statutes, regulations, and cases important to Elder Law -- maintained by Attorney Lisa Nachmias Davis and a must for any Connecticut Elder Law Attorney.

CT Laws That Afford Special Protections for Seniors

The following Tax Relief Programs for Homeowners are administered by the Office of Policy and Management in Connecticut.

For non-institutional health care providers (doctors, therapists, nurses, etc.), Connecticut statutes govern a patient's right to access his or her medical records.

How do I apply for admission to a nursing home?  What are the steps in the application process? What financial information can a nursing facility request? Once I am on the waiting list, when will I be admitted?

This article answers these questions and more: Who pays for a nursing home bed when the resident is in the hospital? Will Medicare or Medicaid pay the facility to reserve my bed when I am temporarily absent from the facility? What are the laws on bed reservation?

This article discusses nursing home complaint procedures.

Phone numbers for various DSS programs for elders.

Connecticut Long Term Care Ombudsman Program protects and promotes the rights and quality of life for residents of skilled nursing facilities, residential care homes and managed residential care communities (also known as assisted living facilities).

The Department of Social Services administers the Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders (CHCPE) and 1915(i) State Plan Option-Fee for Service. Its purpose is to enable individuals 65 or older to remain at home in a safe environment and not be unnecessarily institutionalized.

How do I go about choosing a nursing home?

Connecticut state law and federal law prohibit forced room-to-room transfers (also referred to as "intra-facility transfers") with very few exceptions. This article gives an explanation of the law on room-to-room transfers.

Elder Abuse Resources
Information about legal and services for the prevention of elder mistreatment.
 
SharingLaw.net
Contains links to Connecticut and federal statutes, regulations, and cases important to elder law -- a must for any Connecticut Elder Law Attorney.
Pension Action Center
Can help you understand your rights under pension law and claim the retirement income benefits that you have earned.
Telephone Directory
Extensive telephone directory with web links to various Connecticut state agencies, legal services, agencies on aging, and other various groups in the health/elder network.
Government Health Care and
Benefits Program Index

Provides current benefit figures to several government programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, ConnPACE, etc.
Connecticut's Federal
and State Legislators
Legal Assistance for
Elders in Connecticut

Addresses, phone numbers and web site links for the legal programs that provide advice and representation to seniors on various elder law issues.
Connecticut Department of Social Services' Uniform Policy Manual
Information on the UPM and how to get a copy.
 
To find Connecticut legislators (local, state and federal), and other states' elected officials, please visit the AARP Legislative Action Center or view this page.

Phone numbers for various DSS programs for elders.

View the Connecticut Department of Social Services' Uniform Policy Manual (UPM).

Connecticut Long Term Care Ombudsman Program protects and promotes the rights and quality of life for residents of skilled nursing facilities, residential care homes and managed residential care communities (also known as assisted living facilities).

Here are some resources for people who are concerned with elder abuse.

Do you need help paying your bills? Find out about programs that can provide cash, food, housing, medical care, child care, energy assistance, and more. This information can help people with or without kids, veterans, those with a disability, teens living on their own, and more.

There are five Legal Services offices that provide free counseling and representation on many Elder Law issues (Medicaid and other government programs, patients’ rights, nursing home issues).

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

This web site contains links to Connecticut and federal statutes, regulations, and cases important to Elder Law -- maintained by Attorney Lisa Nachmias Davis and a must for any Connecticut Elder Law Attorney.

You may find your CT State Senator and your local State Representative by going to the General Assembly website.

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

Phone numbers for various DSS programs for elders.

Connecticut Long Term Care Ombudsman Program protects and promotes the rights and quality of life for residents of skilled nursing facilities, residential care homes and managed residential care communities (also known as assisted living facilities).

Connecticut Public Act (Sections 1-2 & 18-21) regarding Statutory Short Form Power of Attorney.

Here is how to revoke a power of attorney.

Medicaid is health insurance that helps people pay some or all of their medical bills. It may be free for families with children, pregnant women, and adults without children at home, depending on their income.

Medicaid is a federal health insurance program. It pays medical bills for people and families with low income and few resources.

Medicaid, also known as Title 19, can pay for health care for some Connecticut residents who have low income.

This benefits survey will help you determine if you could get help to pay for things like food, health insurance, and child care.

Phone numbers for various DSS programs for elders.

Connecticut Long Term Care Ombudsman Program protects and promotes the rights and quality of life for residents of skilled nursing facilities, residential care homes and managed residential care communities (also known as assisted living facilities).

Use this page to estimate your Social Security benefits.

What kind of medical care would you want if you were too ill or hurt to say? You can prepare legal documents ahead of time that tell your wishes if you cannot speak for yourself later. Read this booklet to learn how to state your choices about medical care, organ donation, and naming someone to make decisions if you cannot.

Phone numbers for various DSS programs for elders.

Connecticut Long Term Care Ombudsman Program protects and promotes the rights and quality of life for residents of skilled nursing facilities, residential care homes and managed residential care communities (also known as assisted living facilities).

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

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

This web site contains links to Connecticut and federal statutes, regulations, and cases important to Elder Law -- maintained by Attorney Lisa Nachmias Davis and a must for any Connecticut Elder Law Attorney.

Get help from 2-1-1

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

Give us your feedback

Was this website helpful? Take a quick survey.

Call Legal Aid for Help

If you are 60 or over, get help from legal aid by calling the following:

For consumer problems such as debt issues, identity theft, and contract problems call:
The Consumer Law Project for Elders
1-800-296-1467

For all other elder law problems, such as nursing home issues, home care, and living wills, call your local legal aid office:

Eastern CT (Willimantic area)
800-413-7796 or 860-456-1761

Western CT (Waterbury/Litchfield County)
800-413-7797 or 203-756-8074

Southwestern CT
800-809-4434 or 203-336-3851
(Bridgeport)

203-348-9216 (Stamford)

Northcentral CT (Hartford area)
860-541-5000

Southcentral CT
203-946-4811
(New Haven)

Click here for more information.