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April 15, 2010

NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION HOSTS FREE LEGAL SEMINARS ACROSS THE STATE TO ASSIST THE ELDERLY

Decision-Making Day 2010 will focus on helping the elderly with legal planning

To assist New Yorkers with the task of getting their legal documents up to date and in order, the New York State Bar Association's Elder and Health Law sections are focusing their 2010 Mitchell Rabbino Decision-Making 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
  • Probate 

Since its inception 16 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 locations and dates in your area, please visit: www.nysba.org/MRNHDD.

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 State Bar's Elder Law Section at the time of his death.  

Founded in 1876, the 77,000-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. The State Bar's programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.

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