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Legal Services

Central Vermont Council on Aging contracts with Vermont Legal Aid to provide legal services to elders through its Senior Citizen Law Project.


Vermont Legal Aid, a nonprofit organization, provides legal services to low income Vermonters, people 60+ and those with physical and developmental disabilities through a number of programs.


Senior Citizen Law Project provides seniors with advice, assistance with legal paperwork and representation. SCLP can assist seniors in the following areas:

  • Healthcare issues, including Medicare and Medicaid
  • Housing
  • Consumer problems
  • Guardianship
  • Powers of attorney and Advance Directives
  • Exploitation and abuse


Vermont Long-Term Care Ombudsman Project (VOP) protects the health, welfare and rights of people who live in long term care facilities, including nursing homes, residential care homes and assisted living residences.  It also helps people who receive long term care services in their homes through Choices for Care (CFC).


Call Vermont Legal Aid at 1-800-747-5022 to determine eligibility for legal services.

Office of Healthcare Ombudsman provides help to Vermonters who have problems and questions about healthcare and health insurance through a telephone hotline service, call 1-800-917-7787.

Other Resources:

Vermont Ethics Network provides information and resources on advance directives, health care decision making, and current topics related to health care ethics, end-of-life care, palliative care and pain management.


Vermont Law Help, a program of Vermont Legal Aid, provides free legal information and forms:


Law Line of Vermont is a non-profit legal services law firm that provides free consultation, advice and community education for low income Vermonters.


South Royalton Legal Clinic, sponsored by the Vermont Law School, serves residents in Orange and other counties who need assistance with issues such as housing, healthcare and Social security, call 802-763-7718.