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. Click below to watch our video introduction and view our leadership.

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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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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!

Featured Resources

Health Care Advance Planning Packet

A trio of free resources to walk you through three steps of advance planning. A fourth recommended resource is the Mind Your Loved Ones or MYLO smartphone app that may be purchased at a discounted price through the ABA web page. It provides a practical way to make your health care power of attorney easily accessible, along with any other documents or information you choose, with the click of a few buttons on your smartphone or on the phones of family or friends whom you choose.

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Elder Abuse and Neglect Screening Guidelines for Mediators

The ABA Dispute Resolution Section Task Force recently released the Elder Abuse and Neglect Screening Guidelines for Mediators. These guidelines will enable mediators to screen for abuse, recognize when to include additional professionals in the mediation process, and serve to educate mediators to improve identification of the appropriateness of mediation.

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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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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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Contact Us

The Commission on Law and Aging staff can be contacted by calling 202-662-8690. Or you can email us at aging@americanbar.org. Click on the link to discover other ways of connecting with the Commission.