Legal Resources

Providing and enhancing important protections for older adults

Legal Assistance

The Senior Law Project through Indiana Legal Services, Inc. is funded in part by CICOA to assist low-income seniors with legal services at no charge and to provide referrals to attorneys who specialize in senior law. They may be able to help contest or terminate a guardianship. Senior Law Project also provides helpful booklets regarding senior law issues, life planning (living wills, power of attorney, guardianship, etc.), and speakers for educational programs.

Senior Law Project
151 N. Delaware St., Ste. 1800, Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-631-9424, 800-869-0212
Intake: Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

These organizations may be able to provide legal representation for low-income clients of any age:

Indianapolis Bar Association
135 N. Pennsylvania St., Ste. 1500, Indianapolis, IN 46204

  • Lawyer Referral Service
    317-269-2222, Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Legal Line
    317-269-2000, 2nd Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Indianapolis Legal Aid Society
615 N. Alabama St., Ste. 122, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Indiana Legal Services- Indianapolis
151 N. Delaware St., Ste. 1800, Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-631-9410, 844-243-8570

Indiana Legal Services – Bloomington
214 S. College Ave., 2nd Floor, Bloomington, IN 47404

Indiana State Bar Association
One Indiana Square, Ste. 530, Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-639-5465, 800-266-2581

Ability Allies is a nonprofit dedicated to providing free and low cost legal services to Indiana’s children and adults with disabilities in education matters.

Ability Allies
5954 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46220

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. maintains a searchable attorney database accessible to all.

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc

Additional resources and publications about elder laws can be found online at

CICOA Legal Clinic

CICOA's Legal Clinic is offered the first Friday monthly, serving six clients with 30-minute appointments.

This service is offered for low-income seniors 60 or older. A $5 fee is required to reserve the appointment time. Clinics are currently being conducted via Zoom online meetings; the client must have access to a device with Internet access. (No clinics held in December and January.)

The Legal Clinic will NOT retain copies of any documents completed during the appointment. Clients need to bring driver’s license or state identification. If someone other than the client has Power of Attorney, the appointed person must be present.

Legal services offered at the Legal Clinic:

  • Health Care Directives- POA
  • DNR
  • Last Will and Testament
  • Miller’s Trust
  • Landlord/tenant issues
  • Foreclosures
  • Debt collections advising

Adult Guardianship Assistance

Guardianship is a legal process that assists incapacitated persons by assigning the responsibility of their affairs and decision making to others. “Old age” alone will not justify guardianship. “Incapacitated” persons are those who are unable to manage their own property and/or self-care. The assistance of an attorney is required. Persons seeking to assume guardianship must do so through the courts. For additional information contact:

Center for At-Risk Elders (CARE)

Families First
2240 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

For guardianship issues specifically related to disability or special education:

Senior Law Project
Indiana Legal Services, Inc.
151 N. Delaware St., Ste. 1800, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs

The following agencies investigate nursing home complaints about conditions at facilities, compliance with state regulations, abusive treatment, and inadequate care of residents. In addition to investigating complaints about nursing homes, the ombudsman also assists residents who have problems with Medicare, Medicaid or those who want to contest a guardianship.

Indiana Attorney General
Patient Abuse and Neglect Program
302 W. Washington St., 5th Floor, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Indiana Legal Services
Long Term Care Ombudsman
151 N. Delaware St., Ste. 1800, Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-631-9410 ext. 2255, 844-243-8570

Indiana Long-Term Care Statewide Ombudsman
Division of Aging, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
402 W. Washington St., W451, Indianapolis, IN 46204
800-622-4484, ext. 1

Indiana State Department of Health
Division of Long Term Care
2 N. Meridian St., Ste. 4B, Indianapolis, IN 46204