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Advance Directives, Guardianships, Powers of Attorney and Living Wills

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This section of PALawHelp.org has information and resources about Advance Directives, Guardianships,
Powers of Attorney and Living Wills in Pennsylvania.

  • Advance Health Care Declarations (Living Wills)

    Information on advance health care directives and living wills from the Erie County Bar Association Content Detail

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    Erie County Bar Association
  • A Guide for Seniors and Their Families: Issues on Aging

    Consumer information pamphlet from the Pennsylvania Bar Association. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • A Guide to Legal Issues for Pennsylvania Senior Citizens [PDF]

    The handbook from the Pennsylvania Bar Association provides valuable information on legal issues and questions that concern Pennsylvania's senior citizens and the persons and organizations that care for them. (PDF Format, 83 pages) Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Area Agencies on Aging

    Your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is the front door for aging services in your community. Your AAA is staffed with skilled workers who can provide information about services and also assist in obtaining access to those services. Use this finder to locate the specific Area Agency on Aging that covers your county. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Aging
  • Consumer’s Tool Kit for Health Care Advance Planning

    This tool kit from the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging contains a variety of self-help worksheets, suggestions, and resources. There are 10 tools in all, each clearly labeled and user-friendly. The tool kit does not create a formal advance directive for you. Instead, it helps you do the much harder job of discovering, clarifying, and communicating what is important to you in the face of serious illness. Content Detail

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    American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging
  • Financial Power of Attorney

    This publication from the Disability Rights Pennsylvania provides general information about powers of attorney. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Disability Rights Pennsylvania
  • Giving Someone a Power of Attorney For Your Health Care

    A Guide with an Easy-to-Use, Legal Form for All Adults from the ABA Commission on Law and Aging. The form in this guide is a simple version of a Health Care Advance Directive. It allows you to choose someone to make health care decisions for you if you can’t. If you name a health care agent when you are healthy, you will make sure that someone you trust can make health care decisions for you if you become too ill or injured to make them yourself. Content Detail

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    American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging
  • Guardianship

    Information on legal guardianship from the Erie County Bar Association Content Detail

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    Erie County Bar Association
  • Guardian Tracking System (Video)

    Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court has released an educational video highlighting the Guardianship Tracking System (GTS), a new web-based system for guardians, court staff, Orphans’ Court clerks and judges to file, manage, track and submit reports. The video highlights how the new system will help protect adults of all ages who have been appointed a guardian by Pennsylvania courts. Read More

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    Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System
  • Health and Financial Decisions: Legal Tools for Preserving Your Personal Autonomy

    Important information from the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging on preserving your right to make decisions about your life. [PDF] Content Detail

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    American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging
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    Spanish / Español
  • Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will

    The Allegheny County Bar Association offers this free Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will packet that is endorsed by both the Allegheny County Medical Society and Allegheny County Bar Association. Read More

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    Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Lancaster County: Judge Henry S. Kenderdine Jr. Self Help Center

    Located on the first floor of the Lancaster County Courthouse, the Lancaster County Court Self Help Center opened in July 2004. The main purpose of the center is to provide one central location where self-represented litigants can obtain some of the information and forms that they may need to represent themselves in certain types of court actions. Read More

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    Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas
  • Legal Briefs: Elder Law

    Information discussed by Attorney Whitney Hughes of the Allegheny County Bar Association on the November 1, 2011 edition of "Legal Briefs" on KDKA-TV's Pittsburgh Today Live program. Here are some common questions and some helpful tips in navigating through this sometimes confusing area of law. Content Detail

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    Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Legal Briefs: End of Life Planning (Video)

    Information presented by Attorney Whitney Hughes of the Allegheny County Bar Association on the October 10, 2006 edition of "Legal Briefs" on KDKA-TV's Pittsburgh Today Live program. (7:11) Read More

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    Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Legal Briefs: Powers of Attorney (Video)

    Information presented by the Allegheny County Bar Association on the May 22, 2007 edition of "Legal Briefs" on KDKA-TV's Pittsburgh Today Live program. (5:13) Read More

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    Allegheny County Bar Association