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.
Last year, with the assistance of a group of volunteers from the MBA’s Probate Law Section Council, we introduced “Taking Control of Your Future: A Legal Checkup,” a resource guide which was distributed to all participating agencies. The updated 2008 guide contains information on a wide range of legal issues affecting the lives of seniors and allows participating agencies to select a presentation on any of the topics included in the guide. Examples of past presentation topics are:
• How to protect your home and assets
• Power of attorney and health care proxies
• Reverse mortgages
• Medicare/Medicaid changes
• Alternatives to nursing home care
During the month of May, MBA members throughout the state will volunteer their time to speak at their local senior center or council on aging. Last year, more than 140 centers participated in the program, providing attorneys with many opportunities to connect with 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].