Pro Bono Month Volunteer Opportunity: Elder Law Education Program

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022
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In October, the Massachusetts Bar Association is proud to join attorneys around the country in support of Pro Bono Month -- a collective effort to promote volunteerism to meet the legal needs of the most vulnerable people in our society. Pro bono service is an important part of being an attorney in Massachusetts, and we encourage you to volunteer for one of our pro bono initiatives. 

In honor of Pro Bono Month, this month in eJournal we will be highlighting several volunteer opportunities available at the MBA. This week, we look at the Elder Law Education Program, which celebrates Law Day through free educational presentations about elder law throughout the commonwealth during the month of May.

The MBA's 2023 Elder Law Education Program will be held virtually from May 1-31. If you would like to volunteer to speak (in person or virtually) to a senior center or council on aging, and provide legal information tailored toward older adults' needs, please contact the MBA's Public & Community Services Department via email. If you are matched, you will coordinate with the senior service agency to schedule a presentation in person or via Zoom (or another mutually agreed upon virtual platform) at a suitable time.

The 2022 Elder Law Education Guide is the Massachusetts Bar Association’s resource guide on a wide range of legal issues affecting the lives of older adults. The guide, prepared by attorneys, is made possible due to the participation, generous assistance and continued collaboration of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Topics include:

  • A COVID-19 Checklist and Key Resources
  • Important Questions and Answers for Older Adults
  • Veterans Affairs Financial Benefits
  • Community Medicaid (MassHealth) Benefits
  • Reverse Mortgages
  • Medicare: What You Need to Know
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Homestead and Life Estate
  • What to Consider When Planning for Retirement
The 2023 guide is in the process of being updated by the Elder Law Advisory Committee and will be available in May 2023.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Elder Law Education Program, please contact the MBA's Public & Community Services Department.