Lawyers Journal

Volunteers sought for elder law program

As spring draws near, so does the Massachusetts Bar Institute's Elder Law Education Program, sponsored by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. During May, the Elder Law Program matches attorneys with senior centers throughout the commonwealth to make free presentations about elder law.

Last year's program topics included: durable power of attorney, health-care proxy, life-support statements and wills.

According to Probate Section Council member Michael Loring, who was instrumental in creating the program's agenda, "From the feedback we received from the speakers at last years program, it was apparent that elders benefited from and appreciated the presentation, in particular the necessity for them to have, at a minimum, a durable power of attorney and health-care proxy."

For the first time, senior centers this year will be offered a choice of two topics: a presentation on durable power of attorney, health-care proxy, life-support statement and wills or, this year's new topic, the differences between Medicaid/Medicare.

"Over the past few years, we have seen a confusion among the elderly regarding the coverage benefits of Medicaid/Medicare programs," said Lowing. "It's our hope that this year's program will explain the differences between the two."

The MBA seeks volunteers to present at senior centers across the commonwealth. Volunteering as a speaker is a perfect opportunity to give back to the community. To volunteer, call John Hennessey at (617) 338-0566 or e-mail the MBA at mailto:[e-mail communityservices].

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