STATE BAR OFFERS COURSE FOR LAWYERS PROVIDING
PRO BONO COUNSELING ON WILL CREATION AND INCAPACITY
Program Connects Attorneys with New Yorkers in
Need of Free Consultation on Estate Planning
ALBANY, NY (08/26/2009) -- To address the growing number of elderly
and low-income individuals who cannot afford legal guidance on will
preparation or how they and their property should be treated if they
become physically or mentally incapacitated, the New York State Bar
Association is co-sponsoring an initiative to provide lawyers with the
most up-to-date practices for creating wills and planning for incapacity
while connecting them with New Yorkers in need of pro bono counseling on
In collaboration with Albany County Bar Association, the Legal Aid
Society of Northeastern New York, Inc. and The Legal Project, the State
Bar will offer a free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program for
lawyers on September 17th from 3:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the State Bar
Center at One Elk Street in Albany. In addition to the training course,
to receive full CLE credit, lawyers will agree to accept a minimum of
one pro bono case from each of the co-sponsors for a total of three
cases annually. Participating lawyers will earn three Professional
Practice credits and one Ethics credit.
"Every New Yorker should have the ability to make legally binding
plans for how they can provide for their loved ones after they are gone
or to guarantee how they and their possessions are treated if they
become incapacitated," said President Michael E. Getnick (Getnick
Livingston Atkinson & Priore, LLP of Utica and of counsel to Getnick
& Getnick of New York City). "This program links people who require
critical legal counseling but can't afford it with attorneys who are
able and willing to meet their needs."
Speakers will include John Balint, M.D., Albany Medical College; Anne
Reynolds Copps, Esq., The Law Office of Anne Reynolds Copps; and
Margaret Z. Reed, Esq., Reed & Vella, LLP.
Individuals in need of representation should contact any one of the
three participating programs: the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New
York, Inc., The Legal Project, or the Albany County Bar Association.
The 76,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official
statewide organization of lawyers in New York and the largest voluntary
state bar association in the nation. Founded in 1876, State Bar programs
and activities have continuously served the public and improved the
justice system for more than 130 years.
NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION, ONE ELK STREET, ALBANY, NY 12207 PH: (518) 463-3200 SECURE FX: (518) 463-5993