Free Event to Help Seniors with Living Wills, Medical Powers of Attorney

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Free Event to Help Seniors with Living Wills, Medical Powers of Attorney

           The Area Agency on Aging and the State Bar of Arizona are partnering to provide individuals with pro bono consultation to develop their living will and healthcare power of attorney at the “Night of the Living Will,” on Saturday, Oct. 28

            This event will be held in central Phoenix, however, reservations for specific appointments with an attorney are required.  Once an appointment is scheduled, an address will be provided. To schedule an appointment, call 602-264-2255  

Night of the Living Will“ is open to adults 60 years or older.

            “It’s never too early to have a plan in place so that personal choices are determined about who will manage your medical affairs if you are unable,” said Area Agency on Aging President and CEO Mary Lynn Kasunic.  “We are grateful to the attorneys who will volunteer their time to make this opportunity available to the community.”

            A healthcare power of attorney is a legal document appointing an “agent” and an “alternate agent” to make medical decisions for someone unable to do so.  A living will is a legal document providing instructions to the agent under a healthcare power of attorney about how an individual wants to be treated in end-of-life situations.

           Participants also should be prepared to discuss funeral arrangements (burial or cremation), organ donation and any pre-paid burial plans already in place.

            Attorneys will only be able to discuss healthcare powers of attorney and living wills during the hour-long sessions and cannot provide counsel on other legal issues.

       For more information about the Area Agency on Aging and all of its programs, visit www.aaaphx.org.

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