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Senior Law Day Event Set At DSLCC August 14

Clifton Forge, VA (july 8, 2019) - The "Senior Law Day," traditionally sponsored by the Alleghany-Bath-Highland Bar Association (ABH Bar), the lawyers in the Alleghany Highlands, is being held on August 14, 2019, at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College (DSLCC). The event, which has always been well received by senior citizens and caregivers for senior citizens, will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. at the Moomaw Center. The program is free and a free lunch will be provided.

Forms are being circulated so that people can sign up to give the ABH Bar a head count for lunch. Local churches will have these forms, as well as the Local Office on Aging (call Patrice Coles at (540) 962-0465). You may also sign up by calling Kathy Lamb Carson at the Law Office of William T. Wilson (540) 962-4529.

A panel of lawyers and other experts will talk about issues important to seniors, including the topics of wills, powers of attorney, medical directives, Social Security issues, scams against seniors, nursing home and assisted living facilities, grandparent custody issues, and the topic of Alzheimer's. Materials on these and other topics will be given to each senior attendee.

Bill Wilson, a local attorney speaking for the Bar, said, "This is a great program which was started by the ABH Bar on May 24, 2004. It was so popular it was adopted by the Virginia State Bar (VSB) and has been put on by other local bar associations all over Virginia. I like to say that the program is "win, win win" because the seniors win by getting this important information, the local lawyers win because they are getting the satisfaction of doing a good deed and the VSB wins because the program elevates the image of lawyers in Virginia. This year, I have been impressed by the outpouring of support from local businesses and churches. Individuals have also come forward. I simply tell people that I want you to help feed over 200 seniors, and that does the trick. The community is really strongly behind the program. I have an organizational committee made up of local lawyers, Pastors of local churches and a representative of the LOA. Everyone is enthusiastic. Recently, I was advised that Lewis Gale-Alleghany was furnishing bottled water for the attendees and was offering free blood pressure screenings and glucose screenings immediately after the formal program. Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital sent free senior brochures to distribute. The local Social Security Administration will also have materials to distribute."

Wilson also said, "Dr. John Rainone, President of DSLCC, will welcome everyone to the college and I am hopeful that Marni Byrum, President of the VSB, will be there to introduce the program. We also hope to hear words from bar president, Russ Updike, and our new Circuit Court Judge Ed Stein."

Wilson encouraged seniors to register promptly if they have not done so. Call Kathy Lamb Carson, Law Office of William T. Wilson, (540) 962-4529 or Patrice Coles of the Local Office on Aging at (540) 962-0465.


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