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Providing and enhancing important protections for older adults

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)
317-955-2790
www.indianacare.org

Families First
2240 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208
317-634-6341
www.familiesfirstindiana.org

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
317-631-9424
www.indianalegalservices.org

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
www.indianalegalservices.org
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:

Disability Legal Services of Indiana
5954 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46220
317-426-7733
www.disabilitylegalservicesindiana.org

Indianapolis Bar Association
135 N. Pennsylvania St., Ste. 1500, Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-269-2000, www.indybar.org

  • 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
317-635-9538
www.indylas.org

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

Indiana Legal Services – Bloomington
214 S. College Ave., 2nd Floor, Bloomington, IN 47404
812-339-7668
www.indianalegalservices.org

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

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

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc
703-942-5711
www.naela.org

Additional resources and publications about elder laws can be found online at www.elderlawanswers.com.

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
800-382-1039
www.in.gov/attorneygeneral

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

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
317-233-7442
www.state.in.us/isdh

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