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August 13, 2019 - Westchester County Executive George Latimer is pleased to announce that the 20th Annual Senior Law will take place on Tuesday, September 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Westchester County Center, 198 Central Avenue, White Plains. The free event features over 20 educational workshops, one-on-one consultations and an opportunity to meet and learn from experienced elder law attorneys, certified financial planners, geriatric care managers and long-term care insurance specialists.  Free parking will also be available. 

Latimer said:  “We can’t stress enough the importance of planning, especially when it comes to aging.  Senior Law Day is designed to help Westchester families navigate the legal, financial and health related concerns that all of us experience as we grow older.”

The program, hosted in part by Westchester County’s Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS), is open to all County senior citizens and their families.  Registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome and sign-up for the free, 15-minute, one-on-one consultations will be available at the door.  To register in advance, call (914) 813-6300 or visit www.westchestergov.com/seniors

DSPS Commissioner Mae Carpenter said:  “Since its start in 1999, Senior Law Day has benefitted an estimated 10,000 seniors, family members and caregivers throughout Westchester. It’s one of our department’s most valuable programs not only because of the services offered, but also because of the dedicated community partners we work with who volunteer their time and expertise for the past 20 years to make these events possible.”

The full day of workshops will include topics on elder law, estate and retirement planning, wills and trusts, social security benefits, long-term care, Medicare and Medicaid, financial planning, affordable housing and more. In addition, two sessions will be presented in Spanish.   

The following is an outline of each of the scheduled workshops:

WORKSHOP 1:

TIME: 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

Elder Law Q&A: An Introduction to Aging Issues and Planning for the Future101

Smart Seniors/Smart Investors: Don’t Get Scammed

  • What are the Best and Most Affordable Housing Options as you Age?

  • Should I Use a Will or a Trust: Who’s Afraid of Probate? What to do When Someone Dies

  • Understanding Your Social Security Retirement Benefits

  • Spanish: Cobertura Básica de Medicare

  • 15-Minute Consultations by Appointment

WORKSHOP 2:

TIME: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Understanding the Basics of Retirement Plans and IRA Distribution Rules

  • How do I Pay for Long Term Care? Planning With and Without Long Term Care Insurance

  • Take charge: Planning in Advance for your Health Care

  • Making it Easier to Care: How to Use a Power of Attorney and when to Establish a Guardianship

  • What is Professional Geriatric Care Management?

  • How to Avoid Common Scams that Target Older Adults

  • Spanish: Planificación de bienes: Testamentos, Cuidados Médicos y Finanzas

  • 15-Minute Consultations by Appointment

WORKSHOP 3:

TIME: 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Nuts and Bolts of Medicaid Planning

  • Avoid 10 Greatest Gaffes in Estate Planning

  • Protecting Your Privacy: Staying Safe While Navigating the Internet

  • Should I Stay or Should I Go?

  • Nuts and Bolts of Medicaid Planning
  • Should I Use a Will or a Trust: Who’s Afraid of Probate? What to do When Someone Dies
  • Medicare: Plan, Enroll, and Manage to Meet your Changing Needs
  • Spanish: ¿Cuáles son las Mejores y más Asequibles Opciones de Vivienda a Medida que Usted Envejece?

  • 15-Minute Consultations by Appointment

WORKSHOP 4:

TIME: 1:15 – 2:00 p.m.

Estate Planning/Elder Law 101: Nuts and Bolts of Estate Planning to Preserve your Assets

  • 15-Minute Consultations by Appointment


In addition to workshops and consultations, this year we are raising awareness of the growing scam victimization of seniors; we ask participants to bring examples of deceptive print and email communications. Helpful materials from government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and program sponsors will also be available at exhibit tables. 

Questions regarding the program or services may be emailed to or tweeted to @seniorlawday. Other useful resources are available at www.seniorlawday.info.  

Senior Law Day is presented by DSPS, the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services, and the Ninth Judicial District of the New York State Office of Court Administration.  The program is made possible by members of the Senior Law Day Committee, Co-Chaired by Steven A. Schurkman, Esq., a Partner with Keane & Beane, P.C., Sara Meyers, Esq., a Partner with Enea Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP and Elena Falcone, Director, Public Innovation & Engagement, Westchester Library System.  Sarah A. Steckler, Esq., an Associate with Keane & Beane, P.C., is the Senior Law Day Program Director.

Sponsors of this year’s event are: Edward F. Carter Funeral Homes, Gate of Heaven Cemetery - The Trustees of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Keane & Beane, P.C., Priority Home Care, Rosenthal & Markowitz, LLP, The Woodlawn Cemetery, Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, LLP, Cabrini of Westchester, Chestnut Health Navigation, Cuddy + Feder, , Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP, , Glassman & Brown, LLP, Hyman & Gilbert, Law Office of Valorie Joy Promisel, Lamson & Cutner, P.C., Life Inc. Pooled Trust Services, Littman Krooks LLP, LOB Planning Group, Miriam Scholl, LMSW, Westchester Elder Care Consultants, LLC, , Salvatore M. DiCostanzo, Shamberg Marwell Hollis Andreycak & Laidlaw, P.C., Sloan & Feller, The Bristal Assisted Living, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Justice at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, The Osborn & Osborn Home Care, Wartburg, and Westchester Library System.

FRIENDS OF SENIOR LAW DAY Bernie Leiner, CLTC, Long Term Care Insurance Specialist, Life & Annuities, Bob Grenier, CFP® CPFA®; Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, & Smith Inc., Bruce Segall, Marketing Sense, Heidi Donoghue, CPA, Agent, New York Life Insurance Company, Ilene Amiel Daily Money Manager - Personal Affairs Administrator, Inc., Law Office of Jeffrey S. Goldstein, Joe Soricelli, AIFA, CMP, Aging Issues Info., and Kommer Bave & Ollman LLP .

For registration or additional information, call (914) 813-6300 or visit www.westchestergov.com/seniors. This is the 20th year that Westchester County has offered Senior Law Day programs.