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    Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino has announced that the 18th Annual Senior Law Day in White Plains will take place on Tuesday, October 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Westchester County Center, 198 Central Avenue.  The free event will offer 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.

“We can’t stress enough the importance of planning, especially when it comes to aging,” said Astorino.  “Senior Law Day is designed to help Westchester families navigate the legal, financial and health 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

“Since its start in 1999, Senior Law Day has benefitted an estimated 7,000 seniors, family members and caregivers throughout Westchester,” said DSPS Commissioner Mae Carpenter.  “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 to making 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:


TIME: 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

  • Estate Planning/Elder Law 101: Nuts and bolts of estate planning to preserve your assets
  • Should I use a will or a trust: Who’s afraid of probate? What to do when someone dies
  • What are the best and most affordable housing options as you age?
  • How to avoid common scams that target older adults
  • Understanding the basics of retirement plans and IRA distribution rules
  • How to start the conversation on aging issues: Family dialogues
  • Spanish: Cobertura Básica de Medicare
  • 15-minute consultations by appointment



TIME: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Understanding your social security retirement benefits
  • How do I pay for long-term care? Planning with and without long-term care insurance
  • Take charge: Planning in advance for your healthcare
  • Making it easier to care: How to use a power of attorney and when to establish a guardianship
  • I don’t want to talk about it: The most frequently overlooked aspects of estate planning
  • Legal and financial planning for the newly diagnosed dementia patient
  • Spanish: Planificación de bienes: Testamentos, cuidados médicos y finanzas
  • 15-minute consultations by appointment


TIME: 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

  • 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
  • Avoid 10 greatest gaffes in estate planning
  • Medicare: Plan, enroll, and manage to meet your changing needs
  • Are you a snowbird? Are you thinking about enjoying retirement in another state? Estate and tax considerations for a dual residence client
  • 15-minute consultations by appointment


TIME: 1:15 p.m. – 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, 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

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.

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