Planning & Legal Resources

Plain Talk Series

The Plain Talk series features speakers from various professions who lead discussions on a number of topics of interest to older adults. The series is co-sponsored by the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA) and Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Services. To find upcoming Plain Talk sessions, go to www.coaaa.org/cms/images/docs/PlainTalk_Series_2019.pdf

Videos and handouts from past Plain Talk sessions:

Plain Talk about funeral preferences and planning options (Presentation Handouts)
Michael Schoedinger, CFSP, CPC & Julie Olds, MMT, CT, Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Services

Plain Talk about hospice and palliative care (Presentation Handouts)
Brad Jackson, MDiv, MHA, CT, Summit Hospice

Plain Talk with your doctor about your diagnosis and treatment options (Presentation Handouts)
Annette Ticoras, MD, Guided Patient Services
* Recommended video "Questions are the Answer" by Association for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Plain Talk about legal issues to consider when the doctor gives bad news (Presentation Handouts)
Derek Graham, L.D. - Resch, Root, Pilipps, & Graham, LLC

Long-term Care Consultations

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging offers free long-term care consultations to Ohioans who want to be better prepared for senior living, senior housing, or for help at home. Call 614-645-7250 or 800-589-7277 to schedule or for more information.

A specially-trained Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging staff consultant will make a home visit to review your needs and circumstances. Care consultants can assess current and future needs, explain available senior help, discuss financial resources required, and create a professional care plan for you. Available services for help at home will be identified, alternative choices discussed and planning help offered. 

Legal Resources

Legal Aid Society of Columbus

The Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) provides assistance to low-income seniors such as simple wills, powers of attorney, advance directives, nursing home issues, survivor & transfer on death deeds, Medicaid/Medicare, and more. LASC also has assistance on evictions, foreclosures, and other housing issues and a number of other topics. Individuals can attend Brief Advice clinics in the community, which are staffed by volunteer attorneys.

New client intake lines are open Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Call 614-241-2001. New clients may also submit the online application, which is an interactive interview that provides step-by-step through instructions.

Legal Aid Society of Columbus (serves Franklin and Madison counties)
1108 City Park Ave, Suite 101
Columbus, OH 43206
www.columbuslegalaid.org/seniors
614-224-8374 or toll-free at 888-246-4420

Legal Aid Society of Columbus (Marion office: serves Delaware and Union counties)
150 Oak St.
Marion, OH 43302
740-383-2161 or toll free at 888-301-2411
 

Southeastern Ohio Legal Services

Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS) provides help with consumer issues, family law problems, health benefits issues, housing issues, public benefits issues, taxes, utility issues, and other problems. SEOLS also helps seniors and offers a number of self-help brochures at www.seols.org/help-for-seniors. Assistance can be requested online at www.seols.org/legal-services-request-information or calling the office that serves your county.

Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (Newark office: serves Licking County)
15 West Locust Avenue, Suite A 
Newark, OH 43055
740-345-0850 or 888-831-9412
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www.seols.org

Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (Chillicothe office: serves Fairfield, Fayette, and Pickaway counties)
73 East Water Street 
Chillicothe, OH 45601
740-773-0012 or 800-686-3668
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www.seols.org

Pro Seniors Inc.

Pro Seniors helps seniors resolve legal and long-term care issues or problems. The organization operates a legal hotline that provides free legal information, advice, and referral for residents of Ohio age 60 and over, regardless of income or resources. When you call Pro Seniors, an attorney will schedule a 30-minute consultation. Typical topics include Medicare, Medicaid and Medicaid estate recovery, living wills, durable powers of attorney for health care, housing, and consumer problems. Their website offers fact sheets and resources on a wide-range of important legal topics, advance directive forms such as a health care power of attorney and a living will and can guide you through creating a simple last will and testament. 

Pro Seniors, Inc.
7162 Reading Road, Suite 1150
Cincinnati, OH 45237
www.proseniors.org
800-488-6070

 

Ready to get help? Call COAAA at (800) 589-7277.