A series of New York State Bar Association radio announcements-one on the importance of designating a health care agent and the other on how to find a lawyer-hit airwaves across upstate New York this week.

State Bar Association President Seymour W. James, Jr. (The Legal Aid Society in New York City) narrates the spots that inform the public about the free, valuable information available on the Association's website. Each topic is recorded in 30- and 60-second versions. The four radio spots will air from September 3 through 30.

The first spot discusses the importance of health care proxies and how they can offer peace of mind to individuals and their families during difficult times. The second spot explains how the Association's Lawyer Referral Service can help connect an individual with an attorney for a legal consultation.

The scripts for the four radio announcements are as follows:
  
Health Care Proxy: 60-seconds

I'm Seymour James, President of the New York State Bar Association.

We can't reverse the aging process or predict unexpected injuries or illness. But we can prepare for these possibilities by planning for the future. In New York State, you can name a person you trust to make medical decisions for you if you become ill or injured and are unable to communicate your wishes, by appointing a health care agent.

It's unpleasant to think about the possibility of a serious illness or injury, and can be hard to have these conversations. But designating a health care proxy can give you peace of mind. It can assure that your wishes will be respected, and that your loved ones will not face the stress of determining who should make medical decisions on your behalf.

The health care proxy form is easy to complete and you can find it, free of charge, on our website, www.nysba.org. That's www.nysba.org.

Brought to you by the New York State Bar Association, in cooperation with the New York State Broadcasters Association. 

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Health Care Proxy: 30-seconds

I'm Seymour James, President of the New York State Bar Association.

We can't reverse the aging process or predict unexpected injuries or illness. But we can prepare for these possibilities by planning for the future. In New York State, you can name a person you trust to make medical decisions for you if you become ill or injured and are unable to communicate your wishes, by appointing a health care agent.

The health care proxy form is easy to complete and you can find it, free of charge, on our website, www.nysba.org.

Brought to you by the New York State Bar Association, in cooperation with the New York State Broadcasters Association. 

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Lawyer Referral Service: 60-seconds

I'm Seymour James, President of the New York State Bar Association.

If you have a legal problem, it can be hard to navigate the system alone. The New York State Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service can help connect you with a private attorney in your area to guide you through the process.

Whether you're facing consumer debt problems, a criminal matter, home foreclosure, family law issues, or you've suffered a personal injury, you may benefit from the help of an attorney.

Our Lawyer Referral Service works with hundreds of private lawyers who practice throughout upstate New York, with expertise in over 40 areas of the law. We can put you in touch with a lawyer for a consultation, and there is no obligation to hire the attorney we refer you to.

You can reach our lawyer referral service at 1 (800) 342-3661 or learn more at our website, www.nysba.org. That's www.nysba.org.

Brought to you by the New York State Bar Association, in cooperation with the New York State Broadcasters Association. 

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Lawyer Referral Service: 30-seconds

I'm Seymour James, President of the New York State Bar Association.

If you have a legal problem, it can be hard to navigate the system alone. The New York State Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service can help you connect with a private attorney in your area to guide you through the process.

You can reach our lawyer referral service at 1 (800) 342-3661 or learn more at our website, www.nysba.org.

Brought to you by the New York State Bar Association, in cooperation with the New York State Broadcasters Association. 

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The NCSA (Non-Commercial Sustaining Announcements) spots were produced and distributed in coordination with the New York State Broadcasters Association. They are part of an ongoing radio campaign to educate the public about legal issues that affect the lives of New Yorkers.

Below are links to the mp3 audio files of the four radio announcements:

http://www.nysba.org/healthcare60mp3
http://www.nysba.org/healthcare30mp3 
http://www.nysba.org/referral60mp3  
http://www.nysba.org/referral30mp3

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Contact: Brandon J. Vogel
Media Writer
bvogel@nysba.org
518/487-5535