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April 29, 2009

NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION TO PROVIDE FREE LEGAL ADVICE TO SENIORS

Elder Law Section Offers Legal Consultation Services Throughout Schenectady County

The Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association will be sponsoring four upcoming pro bono legal clinics to provide local seniors with free legal counsel on a wide variety of aging-related issues.  Hosted in conjunction with The Schenectady County Department of Senior and Long Term Care Services and Catholic Charities of Schenectady County, the clinics will be held at various locations across Schenectady County.  

The dates, times and locations of the clinics are as follows:
May 4, 2009 - 11:15 a.m. at the Schenectady County Jewish Community Center
May 13, 2009 - 10:45 a.m. at the Scotia-Glenville Senior Center
May 22, 2009 - 10:45 a.m. at the Ten Eyck Apartments
May 29, 2009 - 12:45 p.m. at the Duanesburg Community Center

An Elder Law Section attorney will provide a brief presentation at each clinic regarding important legal issues facing older adults, including the essential aspects of wills, power of attorney, and health care proxies.  The clinics also will provide ample time for attendees to ask questions as a group or on an individual basis.  If a senior's legal problem is beyond the scope of the attorney's knowledge, or is too complicated to solve within the applicable time frame, the attorney will then direct the senior to additional referral sources.

For those wishing to register for the pro bono senior clinics, please contact Richard Wickerham at (518) 372-5465 or Susan Ripley at Catholic Charities of Schenectady County at (518) 346-1852, Ext. 5.
 
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, NYSBA programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.

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