Seniors Legal Rights

The following is a table of contents for the Seniors Legal Rights Handbook. You may click on the headers for more information on that topic.

Consumer Protection

  • Beware of Fraud
  • Identity Theft
  • Consumer Rights
  • Reducing Telemarketing Calls
  • Reducing Junk Mail

Charitable Giving

  • Know Where Your Money Goes

Investments and Lending

  • Careful Investing
  • Investment Fraud
  • Predatory Lending

Health Care

  • Medicare and Medicaid
  • Health Products
  • Nursing Home Care
  • Schemes and Scams

Planning Ahead

  • Planning for Incapacity
  • Planning for Your Estate
  • Planning a Funeral

Human Rights

  • Age Discrimination

Protection Under the Law

  • Crime Victims' Rights
  • Assistance for Crime Victims


  • Telephones
  • Energy


  • Sample Letter to Restrict Sharing Information
  • When a Charity or Fund-raiser Calls, Ask Questions and Take Notes!
  • Referral Guide

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