Annual Senior Law Day Programs
In October 2011 Barbara Anderson led representatives from Senior Services of Alexandria and the Alexandria Bar Association in conducting the first joint Senior Law Day. Held at First Baptist Church on King Street in Alexandria, this informative meeting drew more than 250 residents to learn about critical estate planning documents and what can happen if we fail to implement plans to protect our families and property. Experts from several law firms, social workers and financial planners discussed a tragic, real-life case in which they all were involved and pointed out how the pitfalls could have been avoided to save the family significant money and heartache. A variety of local care providers, financial institutions, and financial planners sponsored the free event and gave information to participants.
The Alexandria Bar Association and Senior Services of Alexandria presented the second annual Senior Citizens Law Day in October 2012, with panels of local experts providing information on aging, housing options, planning and paying for long term care as well as important planning to enable seniors to "stay ahead of the curve" with professional help and available benefits.
Most people say they want to stay in their homes as they age, but sometimes that becomes difficult or impossible. But it clearly IS possible to remain active and engaged in the Alexandria community with the right support.
"Alexandria for a Lifetime" explored the opportunities for aging in this community through a case study based on real scenarios. An enormous number of private and public services are available to meet the needs of seniors, yet too many families scramble to address concerns on an emergency basis because they have not planned carefully and cannot access those services quickly and easily. This program provided information to change that scenario for the citizens of Alexandria who attended! Barbara Anderson chaired the program both years, and Natalie Page was a featured speaker on Guardianships and Conservatorships.
Click here to access the questions and answers raised by attendees at this event.
Scams and frauds that target senior citizens are becoming more sophisticated every day and these schemers convince normal, intelligent people to give them their money, or they steal identities and then steal money. The 2013 Senior Law Day presenters included representatives from the Alexandria Police Department, the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, AARP, a computer security specialist, and a postal inspector. Participants also met victims who told disturbing stories of how they were scammed. Each attendee also received a free copy of the Consumer Guide to Self-Defense provided by Eleanor Blayney, a financial planner from the CFP Board.
2014’s Senior Law Day focused on “Tools to Build Security for Your Future and Beyond.” Experts discussed estate and trust planning documents to provide for incapacity planning, long term care models and financing, life planning and financial security. Natalie Page was one of the presenters.
The 2015 Senior Law Day program was devoted to "Family Law: Planning Early and Often." Local experts from the Alexandria Bar Association and local financial planners discussed the importance of planning for the future including later-in-life prenuptial agreements, divorce, remarriage, child custody of children and grandchildren, planning for end of life and learning what the consequences could be if planning is not completed early with adjustments as life situations change.
Natalie Page is on the Planning Committee for the 2016 Senior Law Day, so watch for more information and be sure to attend on October 15th!