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Free Legal Advice for Westchester Seniors

September 27, 2005

Need information on financial planning, new Medicare laws, or protecting yourself from identity theft and predatory lenders? Get the facts at the Sixth Annual Senior Law Day on Thursday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.

Senior Law Day provides seniors with up-to-date information on various issues that impact their everyday lives. The event is free and breakfast will be served. County Executive Andy Spano, New York State Supreme County Judge Bruce Tolbert and Department of Senior Programs & Services Commissioner Mae Carpenter are scheduled to open the program.

“You’d be hard-pressed to find more information anywhere on most of these topics,” Spano said. “Our Senior Programs & Services department came up with a list of the most-asked questions and issues and brought together the experts who have the answers. This is one of our best attended events every year.”

Seniors can attend workshops on a wide variety of legal topics, including:

  • Living in the Least Restrictive Environment – Your House or Theirs
  • Medicare – What’s in it for you? New regulations, enrollments and the new prescription drug plan
  • La Ley y Usted – Preserving your health care rights in the hospital
  • After You’ve Gone, Beyond the Crying - Planning for adult disabled and dependent children
  • What’s Love Got to Do With It? Unmarried and Same Sex Couples - Legal and financial implications
  • Staying out of the reach of loan sharks and other financial predators
  • Legal issues for grandparents parenting the second time around
  • Nuts and bolts of estate planning
  • To probate or not to probate
  • Annual legal check-up
  • Top ten questions to ask before you engage your financial planner and long-term care agent.

“We are proud to partner with such committed organizations to help our seniors and/or caregivers navigate their way through these life-altering decisions,” noted Mae Carpenter, commissioner Department of Senior Programs and Services. “Education is power. It’s important that we all pitch in to provide this free event to educate our seniors.”

The event is sponsored by the county departments of Senior Programs & Services and Consumer Protection; the New York State Office of Court Administration (Justice Initiative of the Gender Fairness Committee of the 9th Judicial District); the Office of the District Attorney of New York State; the Office of the District Attorney of Westchester County; the Westchester County Bar Association’s Elder Law Section; the Pace Women’s Justice Center; Westchester Women’s Bar Association; Keane and Beane, P.C.; Walsh & Amicucci, LLP; and the LOFT.

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