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Administration on Aging (AoA)

National Legal Resource Center

Authorizing legislation: Title IV, Section 420 (a) of the Older Americans Act, as amended

The Purpose of the Program and How it Works

The National Legal Resource Center (NLRC) empowers aging and legal professionals with the tools and resources they need to provide older clients and consumers with high quality legal assistance in areas of critical importance to independence, health, and financial security.

The NLRC is a streamlined point of entry supporting the leadership, knowledge, and systems capacity of legal and aging providers across the country. It serves to enhance the quality, cost effectiveness, and accessibility of legal assistance and elder rights protections available to older persons with social or economic needs. The NLRC provides resource support to a broad range of legal, elder rights, and aging services professionals and advocates. These can include:

  • Legal assistance providers
  • Legal assistance developers
  • Long-term care ombudsmen
  • State Units on Aging
  • AAAs and ADRCs
  • Senior legal helplines
  • Others involved in protecting the rights of older persons

The NLRC provides core resource support through a strategic combination of case consultation, training, and technical assistance on a broad range of legal issues and systems development issues. The NLRC provides assistance to professionals and advocates on a wide range of legal issues that can include:

  • Saving a senior’s home from foreclosure
  • Protecting against consumer scams and creditor harassment
  • Addressing elder abuse in the community and in long-term care facilities
  • Accessing public benefits essential to financial security, independence, and health

The NLRC uses the combined efforts of several partnering organizations with high levels of subject matter expertise to achieve a broad range of resource support objectives. Through effective collaborations, interlocking work plans, and the leveraging of organizational resources, NLRC partners achieve optimal national coverage on high priority legal issues areas impacting older adults most in need. The NLRC also provides technical assistance on the efficient, cost-effective, and targeted provision of state-wide legal and elder rights advocacy services.

In addition, the NLRC website continues to serve as a single entry point into the national legal assistance support system and provides high quality resources and access to expertise on a broad range of legal and systems development issues.  

Please visit the NLRC website at:

Five (5) organizations are currently funded as collaborating organizations under the NLRC and serve the following core support functions for aging and legal networks:

  • Case Consultation: The National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC) provides case consultation for professionals and advocates in the field of law and aging to assist them in the resolution of complex legal problems impacting older persons.
  • Training: The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) provides training for professionals and advocates from aging and legal services networks on a wide range of legal and elder rights issues.
  • Technical Assistance/ Legal and Aging Systems Development
    1. The Center for Social Gerontology (TCSG) provides technical assistance in the development of efficient and effective legal and aging service delivery systems that address priority issues impacting older persons.
    2. Center for Elder Rights Advocacy (CERA) provides technical assistance to a network of legal helpline professionals that provide cost effective and accessible legal assistance to older persons.
  • Information and Resource Development and Dissemination: The American Bar Association, Commission on Law on Aging (ABA-COLA) provides professionals and advocates in aging and legal services networks with quality information and resources on legal and elder rights issues impacting older persons.

The provision of case consultation, training, technical assistance, and other legal resources enhances the ability of legal and aging service providers and advocates to help older persons maintain independence, live in the community or the least restrictive environment, exercise choice and self-directed care, and maintain their financial security.

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Data Highlight: Services provided to Legal and Aging Networks and aging

Anticipated NLRC Outcomes include:

  • The NLRC will increase the number of professionals and advocates in the field of law and aging receiving case consultation, training, technical assistance, and other legal resources.
  • The NLRC will quantify the percentage of professionals and advocates in the field of law and aging who assign a high rating to the quality of support received.
  • The NLRC will quantify the percentage of professionals and advocates in the field of law and aging who attribute the successful resolution of specific legal issues to the support provided.
  • The NLRC will measure and provide the results of direct technical support and training to aging and legal service providers who are developing innovations in integrated and targeted service delivery systems.

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Funding History

Fiscal Year National Legal Assistance and Elder Rights Projects Statewide Legal Helplines and Related Elder Right Projects
FY 2012: $733,925 $193,380
FY 2011: $736,302 $192,180
FY 2010: $736,302 $176,445
FY 2009: $736,302 $167,795
FY 2008: $730,750 $100,000

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Last Modified: 7/10/2015