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Legal Standards

This section offers guidance to programs on setting standards for the delivery of legal services.

A Guide to the Development of Statewide Standards for Delivery of Legal Assistance to Older Individuals, 1994
Source: The Center for Social Gerontology
Content Type: Report
A guide by TCSG for states to develop a uniform set of expectations about how legal services should be designed, operated and funded in accordance with the Older Americans Act.

Legal Services Corporation Resource Information - Standards Page (This resource is not specifically about serving elders.)
Source: Legal Services Corporation
Content Type: A variety of resources
This page is a collection of standards created at the state and national level to provide guidance on a variety of subjects relating to legal aid. The date range of the collection is 1996 - the present.

Legal Service Corporation's Technologies That Should Be in Place in a Legal Aid Office Today, 2008 (This resource is not specifically about serving elders.)
Source: Legal Services Corporation
Content Type: Report
LSC has defined the technology capacities that its grantees should have in place. This represents the initial step in implementing the LSC strategic vision for technology development. The technology capacities described are intended for any legal aid office that provides a full range of legal services.

ABA Principles of a State System for the Delivery of Civil Legal Aid, 2006
Source: American Bar Association
Content Type: Report
Defines principles by which to provide a full range of high quality, coordinated civil law-related services to the state’s low-income and other vulnerable populations who cannot afford counsel, in sufficient quantity to meet their civil legal needs.

American Bar Association Standards for the Operation of a Telephone Hotline Providing Legal Advice and Information, 2001 (This resource is not specifically about serving elders.)
Source: American Bar Association
Content Type: Report
Standards about procedures, intake and processing of clients for legal hotlines.

Legal Hotlines: A How-to Manual, 2001 (This resource is not specifically about serving elders.)
Source: The Center for Elder Rights Advocacy
Content Type: Manual
Comprehensive manual for constructing and operating a legal hotline for clients.

Guide to the Development of Statewide Standards for the Delivery of Legal Assistance to Older Americans 1994
Source: The Center for Social Gerontology
Content Type: Publication, $7.50
Guidance to state programs for coordinating and delivery legal services to older residents.