Lawyers reach out to help youth, seniors

Issue August 2005

MBA members shared their expertise with young and old alike at a variety of programs recently. Attorney and MBA member Patrick Francomano, of the Law Office of Patrick Francomano in North Attleboro, participated in the Teen Parents and the Law conference that was held at Clark University in May.

And the MBA and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys stretched “law day” into “law month” in May, presenting the Elder Law Education Program at senior centers and councils on aging across Massachusetts.

Throughout the month, attorneys made more than 140 presentations on “Elder Law Essentials” and/or “Medicaid Planning for Seniors.” Volunteer attorneys were provided with speaking materials prepared in cooperation with the Elder Law Practice Group of the Probate Law Section Council of the MBA under the auspices of Robert J. Reddy, chair of the Elder Law Practice Group, and attorney Steven M. Cohen of Cohen and Oalican LLP, Boston.

In an effort to enhance this year’s program, members of the Probate Law Section Council, chaired by attorney Frederick L. Nagle, generously provided materials to assist attorneys in preparing an additional presentation related to the Uniform Probate Code and other legislative issues of interest to seniors.

Photo by Seth Boyd
Attorney Patrick Francomano speaks at the Teen Parents and the Law conference on May 26 at Clark University in Worcester.
Photo by Seth Boyd
Attorney Sonja Gjakovski, an attorney with Bowditch and Dewey LLP, talks with a woman at the Worcester Senior Center on May 26.
Photo by John Hennessey
Attorney Ken W. Shulman speaks at an ELEP presentation at the Peterborough Senior Center in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood.