Free legal advice!

Well, this looks like something worth attending. Courtesy of Westchester County (edited for length):


Registration required by Oct. 9

Legal and financial experts will give free advice during 13 workshops on topics ranging from elder law to wills vs. trusts,  smart gifting to children and grandchildren, and age discrimination in the workplace at the 10th annual Senior Law Day in Westchester on Oct. 15.

The program will take place at the Westchester County Center in White Plains from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is open to seniors, adult children, caregivers and professionals who work with mature adults.

The workshops – including two sessions in Spanish – will be led by elder law attorneys, certified financial planners and professionals from agencies that serve seniors and their families.

New this year will be a workshop on “What Happens If I Can’t Manage My Own Financial Affairs,” which includes discussion of the consumer-protective changes in New York State’s new power of attorney law, which took effect Sept. 1.

The power of attorney document enables someone to act for a person who becomes incapacitated and unable to act for them themselves. It was enacted, in large part, to stop financial abuse of the elderly.  In some cases, seniors have lost most or all of  their money to unscrupulous agents.

Other workshop topics will be on “What Happens If I Can’t Make Medical Decisions,” “Estate Planning/Elder Law 101,” “Floating Your Retirement Boat: How to Keep You and Your Investments on an Even Keel,” “How Do I Pay for Long-term Care” and “Planning for the Care of a Loved One Suffering from Memory Loss, Alzheimer’s or Other Dementia.”

There will also be a workshop on “Senior Crime Busters,” which the county initiated in 2008. It is a proactive elder fraud and crime prevention program that provides tips to seniors on how to stay safe and avoid financial exploitation and other scams.

The program will also offer two workshops in Spanish.  One will focus on how to select health insurance and prescription drug plans approved by Medicare; the other, services for seniors who are victims of crime or abuse.

A continental breakfast and parking will be free.

In addition, from noon to 1 p.m., lawyers and certified financial planners will offer free, one-on-one, 15-minute consultations.  These appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis.  Pre-registration is required for the workshops and pro bono sessions by Oct. 9.  Call (914) 813-6400 to sign up.  Individuals who enroll in the pro bono sessions must also confirm their reservations on the day of the event.

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.