NJ Law Center To Host Senior Citizens’ Law Day Conference

NEW BRUNSWICK — The public is invited to Strategies for Seniors, a free Senior Citizens’ Law Day Conference on Thursday, May 10, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the New Jersey Law Center. Three experts will speak about a variety of issues affecting older Americans and how to plan successfully for the future.

The program is sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Elder and Disability Law Section. A complimentary continental breakfast will be offered. Admission is free but registration is required. The Law Center is located off Ryders Lane in New Brunswick near the East Brunswick border.

The speakers are attorneys with extensive experience in elder law: Lawrence A. Friedman of Bridgewater; Cathyanne Pisciotta, a principal in Pisciotta & Menasha, Attorneys at Law in North Brunswick; and Peggy Sheahan Knee of The Knee Law Firm, Hackensack. Mr. Friedman also serves as chair of the Senior Citizens’ Law Day conference.

The current economic picture is cloudy at best. But there are steps you can take now to help meet retirement goals and ensure better days ahead. Friedman outlines those essential tactics in “Secure Your Future in Troubling Times with Planning: Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Directives, Long-Term Care and Saving Tax.” He will speak about how a lawyer-prepared estate plan can save substantial inheritance tax and estate tax compared to no planning and ways to fund long-term care affordably through Medicaid planning.

Pisciotta will speak about “Guardianships” and the circumstances that lead family members to seek a guardianship, such as when a parent, spouse or other loved one becomes confused, loses the ability to communicate his or her wishes, or otherwise becomes incapable of acting in his or her own best interests. She will go through the steps to obtaining guardianship when filing an application and also describe situations in which guardianship might not be the most appropriate course of action.

Sheahan Knee’s presentation, “Be Prepared: Getting Your Affairs in Order,” will examine durable powers of attorney, medical directives and living wills, whether one should prepay funeral expenses, and the possibility of guardianship as a consequence of not being prepared.

A question-and-answer period follows each presentation. To register, visit the New Jersey State Bar Foundation online at www.njsbf.org, For the Public, Events; or call 1-800-FREE LAW.

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