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June 2009
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Best Kept Secret in the Legal Community: (Practically) Free Legal Resources for Everyone at Senior Law Day

by Michele M. Lawonn

The treasure trove of resources at Colorado’s Senior Law Day event isn’t just for aging adults who want to manage their personal affairs, live well and age wisely. This event is also for caregivers and adult children who are caring for an aging parent, relative or friend.

Word is getting out about one of the legal community’s best kept secrets: the 11th Annual Senior Law Day. This year the event outgrew its former location, and will be at The Renaissance Denver Hotel, 3801 Quebec Street, Denver, in the Stapleton area on Saturday, June 27.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to speak with the reputable, helpful experts and vendors at Senior Law Day. This year’s plenary session keynote speaker, Jan Zavislan, Colorado’s Deputy Attorney General, will address the growing problem of financial exploitation of Colorado aging adults.

One new workshop this year promises to be a hit: "Aging in Place – Maintaining Your Independence at Home." Popular workshops returning this year from recent years include: "Long-Term Care Insurance," "Lifelong Learning and the Aging Brain," "Reverse Mortgages," "What to Do When Someone Dies," "Medicare/Medicaid" "Living Wills and Power of Attorney," "Identity Theft" and "Estate Planning: Wills, Trusts and Your Property." (See sidebar for full list of workshops.)

Much of the content presented at Senior Law Day also can be found in the 300-page Senior Law Handbook. A digital version is available at the Colorado Bar Association website at www.cobar.org, by searching for "Senior Law Handbook." Each chapter can be downloaded and printed free of charge to all attorneys and the public. The newest version will be online by June 27.

As some adult children have discovered, just because you are an attorney, does not mean aging parents automatically will seek or heed your advice, especially if they think they have things taken care of and under control. Participation by these older parents, relatives and friends, and their attendance at the workshops, might promote their willingness to talk with you about their concerns and affairs. We invite you to accompany aging adults to these workshops or as a participant.

As Colorado’s demographics change, the age of your future clients continues to increase. Colorado aging adult population, comprised of people 60 years of age and older, is expected to increase 49 percent from 651,000 to 970,000 by 2015.

The first Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) will turn 65 in 2011, qualifying them for Medicare insurance and full-benefit Social Security retirement income. Overall, Colorado ranks very high in the percentage of Baby Boomers in the state’s total population.

As a legal professional, your clients of any age will appreciate being informed of this community law education project, receiving the Senior Law Day brochure from you and your holistic approach to their legal well-being. Maybe you’d like to join as a volunteer for the fun and excitement of this senior community event. Contact Carol Mullins at (303) 824-5384 or e-mail cmullins@cobar.org.

 

Workshops at 2009 Senior Law Day

Sixteen classes are offered June 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in four time slots. Choose from

> Estate Planning: Wills, Trusts and Your Property

>Medicare 101

>Medicaid

>Consumer Fraud (identity theft)

>Adult Protection and Elder Abuse

>Living Wills and Powers of Attorney

>What to Do When Someone Dies

>Aging in Place — Maintaining Your Independence at Home

>Long-Term Care Insurance

>Assisted Living and Nursing Home Issues

>Vetrans’ Benefits

>Hospice and Palliative Care – Live Well at the End of Life

>Legalization of Aid in Dying — Reducing Senior Suicides

>Lifelong Learning and the Aging Brain

>Reverse Mortgages

>Understanding Memory Loss and Dementia


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