Research guides


Elder Law

"Elder law" is a broad legal term that can include a range of legal issues that relate to an aging population. These issues may include estate planning, financial planning, Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security, guardianship, housing, and more.

If you wish to conduct your own research on any of these matters at Jenkins Law Library, please check our catalog or ask a librarian where to find materials on your particular topic.

Elder Law and the Pandemic - Philadelphia

SeniorLAW Center 
In Philadelphia, call 215-988-1242. While their physical offices are closed, staff at the SeniorLaw Center are working remotely and continue to provide services to older clients and communities who are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Areas of law include fraud/bank account issues, illegal lockouts/evictions, COVID-19 scams, emergency PFAs, emergency custody, elder abuse, social security/income, and utility shut offs. Also see their COVID-19 and Older Adults: Resources and Information and COVID-19 Resource Flyers for Emergency Areas of Law pages.

CARIE: Center for Advocacy for the Rights & Interests of the Elderly 
The CARIE LINE continues to be available at 215-545-5728 or 1-800-356-3606, Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm. The CARIE LINE offers free, one-on-one telephone support to older adults and their caregivers to identify and access needed services. CARIE's Resources page also includes information regarding COVID-19. 


AARP Pennsylvania AARP
Law-related articles and resources for retired persons and family members in Pennsylvania.

CARIE: Center for Advocacy for the Rights & Interests of the Elderly
Assists victims of crime and abuse who are over 60 years old in Philadelphia through state and national advocacy as well as programs such as the PAVE (Providing Advocacy for Victimized Elderly) program and the CARIE LINE.

"The CARIE LINE is a free, one-on-one telephone and online service that assists older adults and their caregivers identify and access needed services and supports on any issue an elder may be facing, including health insurance coverage, housing, health resources, nutritional support, long term care services, housing, transportation, abuse and neglect, financial exploitation and many more."

Elder Law
Includes legal information, referrals to legal service providers, and other information organized by sub-topics.

Guide to Legal Issues for PA Senior Citizens Pennsylvania Bar Association
Topics covered include financial planning, estate planning, power of attorney, social security, and Medicare. PDF document.
Also see FAQ pamphlets on Estate Planning, Issues on Aging, and Living Wills/Health Care Powers of Attorney. PDF documents.

Nursing Care Facility Locator Page Pennsylvania Dept. of Health
Can search by county, city, or zip code.

PA Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney Allegheny County Bar Association
Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney forms endorsed by doctors and lawyers in Pennsylvania, along with a step-by-step video guide.

Pennsylvania Department of Aging
Information for senior citizens including health and wellness programs, home and community based services, prescription assistance programs, and other local resources.

SeniorLAW Center
Nonprofit organization provides legal representation, education and advocacy to senior citizens and elderly veterans in Pennsylvania.