Lawyers Journal

Volunteers needed to help elders with a “legal checkup”

This May, in celebration of Law Day, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Massachusetts chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys will once again present the Elder Law Education Program.

With the assistance of a group of volunteers form the MBA’s Probate Law Section Council, we will update “Taking Control of Your Future: A Legal Checkup,” a resource guide which will be distributed to all participating agencies. The guide will contain information on a wide range of legal issues affecting the lives of seniors and will allow participating agencies to select to have a presentation on any of the topics included in the guide.

Examples of presentation topics could include:

• Reverse mortgages
• Nursing home resident rights/quality of care
• Long-term care insurance
• Tax abatements

During the month of May, MBA members throughout the state will volunteer their time to speak at their local senior centers or councils on aging. Last year, more than 140 centers participated in the program, providing attorneys with many opportunities to connect to their communities, while providing seniors with valuable information on legal issues affecting their lives. We are currently seeking elder law attorneys to volunteer to make presentations in their communities.

If you are interested in volunteering, call (617) 338-0695 or e-mail [e-mail communityservices].

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