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April 12, 2013

STATE BAR HOSTS FREE LEGAL SEMINARS TO ASSIST
THE PUBLIC WITH MEDICAL DECISION MAKING

The New York State Bar Association is hosting a series of free legal seminars around the state to help New Yorkers make better, more informed health care and financial decisions for themselves and their loved ones.

Volunteer attorneys will explain legal procedures and provide documents that record a person's wishes for end-of-life care as part of the statewide 2013 Mitchell Rabbino National Health Care Decisions Day programs. The series of one-hour seminars will begin on Monday, April 15, and continue through July. Most of the seminars will be held April 16.

Topics will include:
• Why you need a will
• The differences between living wills and health care proxies
• The purpose of a power of attorney

The programs will be held in Albany, Bronx Broome, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Erie, Herkimer, Kings, Nassau, New York, Oneida, Onondaga, Orange, Queens, Rensselaer, Saint Lawrence, Schuyler, Suffolk, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, Wayne and Westchester counties. For specific locations and times, see www.nysba.org/nhddlist.

The Elder Law, Health Law, and Trusts and Estates Law sections of the Bar Association sponsor the program. It is named in honor of the late Mitchell Rabbino, an Ulster County attorney who was an active member of the State Bar's Elder Law Section.

The New York State Bar Association website offers both a health care proxy form (www.nysba.org/healthcareproxy) and a power of attorney form (www.nysba.org/POA2010).

The 76,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.

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