Consumer Protection & Law

Age Discrimination in Employment
The Federal law, presented by the Cornell University Law School.

American Bar Association: Consumers' Guide to Legal Help

A guide to legal assistance, including agencies that offer free or low-cost help. Organized by state.


American Bar Association: Estate Planning FAQ's

Provides answers to common estate-planning questions.


Better Business Bureau

Use this site to locate a Better Business Bureau in your area, to file a complaint, and to obtain consumer-related news.


Consumer Protection

From the Bureau of Consumer Protection of the Federal Trade Commission, (FTC), this site is designed to protect consumers from unfair practices. To this end, it provides many helpful guides, tips, alerts, and warnings on a variety of issues, ranging from advertising to tobacco. It is possible to search this site for your particular topic. Some articles are in Spanish. All articles include an address to write to for more help and information.


Easy Wills Company: Legal Wills & Trusts Forms

This fee-based service sells legal forms online or by phone.

Provides answers to legal questions on a wide range of issues.


End of life issues

Links to inform and advise from the National Library of Medicine's MedlinePLUS.


Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission is responsible for preventing fraudulent business practices, from diet scams to identity theft. Use its online form to register a complaint.


Federal Citizen Information Center (U.S. General Services Administration)

This federal government office "has been a trusted one-stop source for answers to questions about consumer problems and government services for over 35 years."


Fighting Back Against Identity Theft

An estimated 9 million people are affected by identity theft each year. Learn from the FTC what it is, how it happens and what you can do about it.

Operated by the National Consumers League (, this site provides tips on how to avoid fraud and what to do if you fall victim.


LawHelp: National Home Page

Provides access to free or low-cost legal help by state. Created by the non-profit group Pro Bono Net.


Lawyer Locator from

Search by name, specialty or location; provides information about attorneys, such as their education, years of experience, and-in many cases-includes a peer review rating of the lawyer's legal ability and professional ethics.


The Living Trust Network

Provides in-depth information on estate planning, living trusts, and other legal topics. (Note: Includes paid ads.)


MedlinePlus: Health Insurance (U.S. National Library of Medicine)

Provides links to information on health insurance topics.


National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

Includes a database of elder law attorneys and an extensive list of legal resources.


National Center on Elder Abuse

Supported by the Administration on Aging, this organization serves as "a gateway to resources on elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation."


National Consumer Law Center

Contains articles on a wide range of legal topics and offers legal assistance. See especially this population-specific page, and this topics of interest page.


National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW)

NCPW highlights consumer protection and education efforts around the country. This site provides links to "information from federal, state, and local government agencies, and national consumer advocacy organizations" on the topics of consumers, business information, and international organizations. Also includes links to previous NCPW websites back to 1999. In English and Spanish. From, the "source for consumer information from the federal government."


National Senior Citizens Law Center

This organization assists low-income and disabled people. Its site discusses legal issues pertaining to health, social security, social justice, and more. Includes links to other organizations offering assistance.


Office of the Attorney General Consumer Protection Division

Help for Washington State citizens with auto repair, charities, identity theft, junk mail, contractors, landlord/tenant, lemon law, pyramid schemes, senior scams, privacy, and other consumer problems. News of issues and initiatives currently pursued by the Attorney General. Includes an online form for filing complaints. Some information is also available in Spanish and Russian.


Planning 101

From Find Law; checklists and sample forms for a broad range of estate planning, including wills, probate, trusts, living wills and more.



Information and resource links for seniors, advocates and other professionals presented by Goldfarb Abrandt Salzman & Kutzin LLP.


Senior Legal Hotline Directory (AARP)

A state-by-state listing of telephone hotlines offering legal assistance. Includes some web site links.



Before the Internet, you bought it in a can. But this spam-e-mail solicitation-is served onto your computer, whether you want it or not. This FTC site provides information about the CAN-SPAM laws and how you can help reduce your own, and others.


The Truth About Credit

A consumer site offering advice on credit cards. Coverage includes rip-offs, hazards and traps, navigating offers, terms, paying off debt, obtaining your credit report, resolving troubles, and links to state PIRGs and the original PIRG with information on other consumer protection topics. From the Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs). Senior Citizens' Resources

This site provides online access to government information and services of interest to seniors in the areas of consumer protection; education, jobs, and volunteerism; federal and state agencies; health; laws and regulations; retirement and money; taxes; and travel and leisure. Searchable and browsable. From (formerly, the U.S. government's official Web portal.


Wills & Estate Planning

The basics, with links to other resources, from Nolo Press.

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