March 10, 2014

Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma coming to Chickasha to help elderly with financial planning


There's a lot to think about in one's autumn years. Handling medical bills as well as drafting wills and power of attorney documents are challenges that usually come with age. 

Moreover, the ways that technology makes life easier for the young can be confusing or even create avenues for deception that target senior citizens. 

Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma will have an educational talk for senior citizens at 10:30 a.m. on March 10 at the Chickasha Nutrition Center that focuses on these issues. 

Topics to be discussed include drafting wills and power of attorney documents, consumer issues, handling debt collectors from medical bills and other concerns, Kade McClure, managing attorney of Legal Aid Services in Lawton, said. 

The talk will give practical advice to help seniors protect themselves such as not keeping PIN numbers written down in a wallet or in one location where they can be stolen, McClure said. 

Following the meeting, there will be help available for seniors to sign up for government programs such as social security or the affordable health care act online. They do not take personal information, they just help the senior citizen get to the online site. According to McClure, there are a lot of scams where people will offer to help in order to access the senior's information. 

McClure, Norma Parsons and Donna Ellsworth, staff attorney and paralegals at Legal Aid will be talking about senior issues to be followed with a short question and answer session. 

Pamphlets are available through the Senior Law Project that focus on senior issues including: "What is Legal Aid" "Seniors May Have Legal Problems Too," "20 Ways Not to Be Swindled," "What to Do When the Unexpected Happens," "About Your Will" and others. These pamphlets can be obtained by contacting Legal Aid's Lawton Law Center at 323 S.W. "C" Ave., Lawton OK, 73501 or by calling 1.800.850.5950. 

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