Welcome to The Elder Law Journal‘s resource guide. The purpose of this page is to help students start their legal research journey in the new constantly changing world of Elder Law.

The Archives of ELJ

One good place to get inspiration or find supporting materials is right here on our website! Our archives page can be searched by keyword, by topic, or scrolled through.

Elder Law: A Guide to Key Resources by Susan J. Hemp and Cheryl Rae Nyberg

Lexis, Westlaw, or Bloomberg Elder Law Research

Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg are databases provided to law students and some law firms. Pace Law School Library has an excellent LibGuide with direct links to keyword searches, guidebooks, and more in whichever database(s) you have access to.

Federal Statutes & Regulations Impacting the Elderly

Medicare, 42 U.S.C. 1395
Medicaid, 42 U.S.C 1396-1397
Older Americans Act, 42 U.S.C. 3001-3058ff
Uniform Probate Code
Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C. 621-34
Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. 12101-12213
Employee Retirement Income Security Program, 29 U.S.C. 1001-1461
Requirements for Nursing Facilities, 42 U.S.C. 1396r
Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 301-1397mm
Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness, 42 U.S.C. 10801-10851
SSI Regulations, 20 C.F.R. Pt. 416
Social Security Regulations, 20 C.F.R. Pt. 404

Illinois-Specific Materials on Elder Law

Illinois Act on Aging, 20 ILCS 105
Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Property Tax Relief Act, 320 ILCS 25
Older Adult Services Act, 320 ILCS 42
Family Caregiver Act, 320 ILCS 65
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education: Elder Law

Organizations with Elder Law Components

National Center on Elder Abuse


ABA Commission on Law and Aging

National Council on Aging

Illinois Department on Aging

Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

Common Health Fund 


Books on Elder Law

Elder Law in a Nutshell by Lawrence Frolik and Richard Kaplan
The Elder Law Portfolio Series by Harry Margolis
Elder Law Answer Book by Robert B. Fleming and Lisa Nachmias Davis
Representing the Elderly Client by Thomas D. Begley

Journals with Elder Law Components

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Journal
Marquette Elder’s Advisor
Elder Law Review
ASA Journal of the American Society on Aging
The Gerontologist
Public Policy & Aging Report
Innovation in Aging
Health Affairs Journal: Legal

News in Elder Law

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys News
ASA Generations, Monthly News
Elder Law Prof Blog
Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog
Justice in Aging
What’s Hot Legal Policy Newsletter on Aging
ABA Probate & Property Magazine

Other Resources for Elder Law Research

ABA Commission on Law & Aging: Elder Abuse
ABA Commission on Law & Aging: Guardianship Law
Harvard Law School Elder Law Research Guide
National Consumer Law Center: Reports
ABA Health Care Decision Making Resources (Updated Regularly)

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