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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT, 30 SECONDS


A LAWSUIT CAN BE EXPENSIVE AND TIME-CONSUMING – BUT IT DOESN'T HAVE

TO BE. IF YOU HAVE A CLAIM AGAINST SOMEONE FOR UNDER FIVE THOUSAND

DOLLARS, YOU CAN GO TO SMALL CLAIMS COURT. YOU DON'T NEED A

LAWYER, BECAUSE YOU REPRESENT YOURSELF, AND THE SETTING IS

INFORMAL. YOU CAN FIND OUT ABOUT SMALL CLAIMS COURT BY WATCHING

A VIDEO PRESENTED BY THE DENVER BAR ASSOCIATION AND THE DENVER

PUBLIC LIBRARY. IT WILL BE SHOWN ON CHANNEL 56, MARCH 17 AND 18 AT

9 P.M., AND MARCH 19 AT NOON.



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


March 26, 1999
For more information, call
Stacy Chesney, 303-824-5347

Senior Law Guide Published for Older Adults

"What can I do if my Social Security benefits are denied?"

"What does a living will include?"

"How can I plan my estate and pass it on to my family?"


The Colorado Senior Law Handbook, written by attorneys from the Colorado Bar Association as a consumer-oriented guide, addresses these and many other issues facing Colorado's older citizens.

Eleven informative chapters address issues like age discrimination, protecting against fraud, grandparent's rights and employment issues.

The book helps seniors understand, in plain English, the pros and cons of supplementary health insurance, insurance for long term care and how to compare and choose policies. Information about Medicare and Medicaid and what they will and won't provide is provided in easy-to-read detail. There are detailed resource lists of agencies and services readers can use to get information and assistance. Glossaries at the end of every chapter explain important legal terms.

Specific chapters address the complicated details of Social Security, pensions, public assistance programs and veterans' benefits. Sections of the Senior Law Handbook provide information on wills and estate planning, how to transfer assets, choose or revoke a power of attorney or create a tax-free gift rather than an inheritance.

The handbook was compiled by the Colorado Bar Association's Community and Civic Affairs Committee of the Probate and Trust Law Section and the Legal Problems of the Elderly Forum Committee. Order the Colorado Senior Law Handbook by sending a check for $10.50 (payable to the Colorado Bar Association) to: CBA Handbook, 1900 Grant St., Ninth Floor, Denver, CO 80203. For a reduced rate, stop by the THIRD FLOOR of 1900 Grant St. and pick up a copy for $7.50 (checks only please, no cash).