April 16, 2009


Decision Making Day 2009 will focus on helping the elderly with legal planning

To assist New Yorkers with the task of getting their legal documents current and in order, the New York State Bar Association's Elder and Health Law Sections are focusing their 2009 Mitchell Rabbino Healthcare Decisions Day programs on helping elderly New Yorkers answer the question, "Is Your Legal House in Order?"

From April-June, volunteer attorneys will speak at workshops held at more than 100 sites throughout the state, including senior centers, community centers, libraries, nursing homes, hospitals, and houses of worship. Free presentations explaining legal procedures and documents will be given to help people make better, more informed health care and financial decisions.

         Subject areas that will be discussed in this year's sessions include:

  • Health Care Proxies;
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Living Wills;
  • Do Not Resuscitate Orders;
  • Organ Donations; and
  • Probate

Since its inception 15 years ago, the Mitchell Rabbino Decision Making Day program has offered valuable consumer information and assistance, and provided participants with the resources necessary to make informed legal decisions. The workshops continue to provide an opportunity for practicing lawyers to assist the public with important legal procedures, such as creating advance directives to plan for the possibility of incapacity and making a will to ensure the appropriate distribution of assets at death.

For details on sites and dates in your area, please visit: or contact Kathy Plog at the State Bar Center, 518-487-5681 or

The program is named in honor of the late Mitchell Rabbino, an elder law attorney from Accord, New York, who was slated to serve as chair of the Elder Law Section at the time of his death.  

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.