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Legal Issues Affecting Older Adults

Family Relations & Guardianship



Consumer Fraud, Exploitation and Protection Information

Credit Reports


Elder Abuse and Neglect

Aging In Place

Former American Association of Housing and Services for the Aging

Maintaining Independence at Home

New Mexico Human Services Department Income Support Division – New Mexico State financial assistance that can help with everything from energy bills to food to general assistance for qualified people.

Housing and Services to Remain at Home

Other Resources

Internet Resources -- Miscellaneous


Access to most courts:

Specific Courts:

General Legal Resources

Estate and Legal Financial Issues

Estate Planning

Life planning in New Mexico: Guide to state law on powers of attorney, right to die, nursing home benefits, wills, trusts, and probate / by Merri Rudd

From Senior Citizens Law office:   

• Important Estate Planning Documents
• Should I Have a Will
• Transfer on Death Deeds
• Organizing Important Information
• Putting a Child's Name on Your Bank Account
• Should You Put Your Child's Name on Your Primary Residence

Durable Power of Attorney




Health Care and End of Life Decisions

Advanced Directives Statutes:

Website for EMS DNR forms Website for EMS DNR forms - A DNR form should be signed by the caregiver or doctor or nurse. The original order should put in a spot where it could be found easily by the EMTs if called. The EMT's are trained to look on the fridge, night stand, above the bed. Also, a copy can be placed with the patient’s doctor. This Order applies only to resuscitation attempts by health care providers in the prehospital setting patients’ homes, in a long-term care facility, during transport to or from a health care facility, or in other locations outside acute care hospitals. The NMMOST is a document designed to help healthcare providers honor the treatment wishes of their patients during serious or life-limiting illness.

Organ and Anatomical Donation


Legal Assistance Programs

  • Senior Citizens Law Office serves seniors age 60 and older in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, and Valencia Counties, New Mexico, with a wide range of free legal services.
  • Legal Resources for the Elderly Program- a program of the New Mexico State Bar that provides legal information, advice, brief services, and referrals to all New Mexico residents 55 years of age and older.
  • Law Access New Mexico provides legal advice, brief service and referrals to eligible low-income New Mexicans over the telephone and help remove barriers to the justice system.
  • New Mexico LawHelp - A guide to legal information and free civil legal services for low-income persons and seniors. Provides information on how to contact programs offering legal assistance in New Mexico.
  • NM State Judiciary Self-Help Website - New Mexico District Court Self-Help Guide provides general information about how to represent yourself.

Programs, Services and Resources for Older Adults

Social Security Benefits


From Senior Citizens Law Office:


•    Medicare–Preventives
•    ALERT Medicare’s annual, three month, “General Enrollment Period”
•    Conditional Applications For Medicare–2016
•    Medicare–General Overview–2015
•    Medicare, the Affordable Care Act, and Scams
•    Medicare Beneficiaries
•    Got Medicare – Help w Costs
•    MedR Elig–HIE–Medicaid
•    Medicare Savings Programs and Pickle Amendment PP
•    Medicare A Basic Introduction
•    Home Health Care
Power of Attorney
•    Power of Attorney – Frequently Asked Questions
•    Health Decisions Incapacitated Person
Nursing Facility Issues
•    tips for choosing a nursing home
•    Institutional-Medicaid-Fact-Sheet-2016
•    Spanish Inst. Med. Fact Sheet 2016
•    Income Diversion Trusts Overview
•    Nursing home transfer and discharge
•    Medicaid for seniors–2016
•    Conditional Applications For Medicare–2015
•    Centennial Care Fact Sheet - Home & Community Based Waiver Services
•    Centennial Care Fact Sheet
•    MedR Elig–HIE–Medicaid
•    2015 Updated Medicaid Pickle Amendment handout
Disabilities and Health Care
•    Health Decisions Incapacitated Person_updated
•    Hearing aid brochure


Veterans Benefits

Government Programs and Financial Assistance

  • An official government website that offers assistance with finding government benefits programs, BenefitsCheckUp asks a series of questions to help identify benefits that could save you money and cover the costs of everyday expenses.

Long Term Care Facilities

Nursing Homes

Assisted Living, Board and Care and Continuing Care Communities

Other Health Care Programs

Prescription Assistance

  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association  patient assistance program – includes info on low cost or no cost prescription medications for patients who can’t afford to buy them.
  • NeedyMeds is a 501(c)(3) non-profit information resource devoted to helping people in need find assistance programs to help them afford their medications and costs related to health care.
  • The Medicine Program is a patient advocacy organization helping individuals and families all across America get access to up to 2,500 prescription medications available today for free or nearly free of charge through Patient Assistance Programs.
  • Offers discounts on prescription drugs for all New Mexicans.


Healthcare Information