The Older & Wiser® Program was conceived and implemented in 2003 as a way to deliver important information on legal issues affecting older adults, their care givers and their families. It is a free program set up in a seminar style where local state legislators and volunteer attorneys give information on these matters of special importance.
The materials for each Older & Wiser® seminar have been developed by Attorney Joseph M. Olimpi and private attorney volunteers. Each Older & Wiser® seminar is presented by a pro bono attorney who provides an informative overview of a particular legal issue, followed by a question and answer period. Current session topics include:
- Protection through Powers of Attorney and Living Wills
- Dealing Effectively with a Healthcare Facility
- Guarding Against Senior Fraud
- Understanding Retirement Benefits
- Learning about Last Wills and Living Trusts
- Avoiding Missteps in Medicaid
- Predatory Lending and the Elderly
At each presentation, handouts and brochures are available to take home. Appropriate referral information is given if attendees are in need of direct legal services. For those attending who are income eligible, there are reduced fee and free of charge services available to meet your needs.
The goal of the Older & Wiser® Program is to provide information that will assist older adults and their families in making wise decisions that protect them and the things they own. Everyone who is interested is welcome, regardless of age, and the seminars are offered free of charge.
The seminars are held throughout the Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence County areas. For up-to-date information, please contact the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network at 717-236-9486 or 800-322-7572 or email Fran Weisinger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Check out the current seminar topics
Check out a video of one of the seminars conducted by Joseph Olimpi and filmed by Bethel Park TV.