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Jan. 9, 2012

Christine Morganti, (505) 797-6028

Free Legal Assistance For Seniors in Truth or Consequences

The State Bar of New Mexico’s Legal Resources for the Elderly Program (LREP) is offering a free legal workshop on “Common Legal Issues for Senior Citizens” from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., January 23, at the Ken James Senior Center, 360 W. 4th Street in Truth or Consequences. Free half-hour legal consultations for New Mexicans 55 or older are part of the program. All seniors, family members and others who work with seniors are invited to attend. Topics include powers of attorney, advance health-care directives, estate planning and Medicaid for long-term care. The workshop lasts approximately one hour and fifteen minutes and allows time for questions.

Before the workshop from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and after the workshop from 2 to 4:30 p.m., LREP staff attorneys will meet privately for free 30-minute consultations with New Mexicans 55 or older who scheduled appointments in advance. To make an appointment, call Ida Gibson, (575) 894-6641.

All senior citizens who live in the area are encouraged to attend, even if they have previously participated.

Funding is provided by the New Mexico Aging & Long Term Services Department, the State Bar of New Mexico and the New Mexico Civil Legal Services Commission.

Established in 1983, LREP is a nonprofit program of the New Mexico State Bar Foundation. LREP operates a statewide toll-free helpline, a lawyer referral service and a local outreach program. For free helpline assistance, call LREP at (800) 876-6657.