We have several resources available to help guide you through your estate planning and learn how to avoid scams. Our “Senior Contacts Card” is available in Spanish, Chinese and Korean languages.
The State Bar offers free, easy-to-read pamphlets on a variety of subjects, including information for seniors. Some titles are available in other languages. To order copies, fill out the order form here. If you have questions or problems with your order, then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seniors & the Law is the third in a series of State Bar consumer education guides and is available in both English and Spanish.
The guide addresses a number of issues confronting seniors, including:
Do I Need a Will? answers your questions about creating a will including:
Do I Need a Living Trust? answers your questions about creating a living trusts including:
Do I Need Estate Planning? answers your questions about estate planning including:
What Should I Know About Elder Abuse? looks at the neglect, exploitation and mistreatment of anyone who is 65 or older.
How Can I Find and Hire the Right Attorney? guides you through the key questions to ask when looking for an attorney and why it is helpful to have one.
Below are additional websites for additional information:
This information phone line will help you to report any fraudulent activities in California. The State Bar of California can discipline attorneys who have played a part in any dishonest activities or scams. We can pursue complaints against non-attorneys for the illegal practice of law. But we encourage you to also file complaints with other state agencies and local law enforcement.
The has established an information line to assist you in reporting the activities of attorneys and non-attorneys involved in fraudulent activities against seniors in California. The State Bar of California is authorized to discipline attorneys who have participated in these activities and to pursue complaints against non-attorneys for the unauthorized practice of law. Because of our limited resources, however, we encourage you to also file complaints with other appropriate state agencies and law enforcement branches.
The number is: 1-888-460-7364. Please assist the Section in publicizing the availability of this service!
We are providing three functions on this information line. First, we will provide you with an option to transfer to our intake unit to report an attorney's unethical actions against you and to obtain a written complaint form to report the unauthorized practice of law; second, we will provide you with information on the state agencies and law enforcement branches to report suspicious activities or with which you can file a complaint; and, lastly, we will allow you to transfer to our publication unit to order publications that are relevant to seniors.
Please have a pen and paper available to you to write down the information given on the state agencies and law enforcement branches.
Option 1: If you would like to report an attorney's activities which you believe to be unethical or fraudulent or in which you believe you were harmed in any way or to obtain a complaint form to report a non-attorney who you believe is practicing law without a license. You must contact the state agencies and law enforcement departments directly. Many have websites that give detailed information about their services. This line will not transfer you to those agencies.
Option 2: If you would like information on the various state agencies and law enforcement branches that investigate and prosecute persons who commit fraud against seniors.
Option 3: The Trust and Estates section offers three brochures: Do I Need a Will?, Do I Need Estate Planning? and Do I Need a Living Trust? If you would like to order one of our publications or any other publication for seniors, including Seniors and the Law, you will be transferred to our publication unit.