Legal assistance for Missourians 60 or older can be provided by the area agencies on aging (AAAs) through partnerships and contracts with local legal providers. AAAs only provide legal assistance related to civil cases and cannot provide assistance for criminal cases or traffic citations.

Legal assistance is legal advice and representation provided by an attorney to older individuals with economic or social needs as defined in the Older Americans Act. It also includes to the extent feasible, counseling or other appropriate assistance by a paralegal or law student under the direct supervision of a lawyer and counseling or representation by a non-lawyer where permitted by law.

The AAAs will give priority to legal assistance related to:

  • Income,
  • Health care,
  • Long-term care,
  • Nutrition,
  • Housing,
  • Utilities,
  • Protective services,
  • Defense of guardianship,
  • Abuse,
  • Neglect, and
  • Age discrimination.


Find your local AAA here to learn what legal assistance is available in your area. You can also call the Missouri Senior Resource Helpline toll-free at 1-800-235-5503 to be connected with local assistance.


Disclaimer: This webpage is intended as a source of information and is not intended to provide legal advice or counsel.

This project was supported, in part by grant number 2201MOOASS, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201.