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Be sure to check out the November/December issue of the NAELA (National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys) News which features an article by Kathleen Kienitz about her visit to Haifa University in Israel to meet with Professor Issy Doron, a pioneer in the field of elder law in Israel.
“There is a lot of confusion about the workings of wills and the probate process. A common misconception is that if you have a will, your estate won’t have to be probated, when in fact, a will is the legal instrument to guide the probate process.”
Kathleen was awarded the Champion of Justice Award for 2014 by Legal Services for the Elderly at the Maine State Bar Association’s annual meeting on January 31, 2014. The plaque she received stated that she was recognized “for her ongoing commitment to provide pro bono services to seniors in Maine. Without the pro bono services provided by Kathleen Kienitz, many more of Maine’s most vulnerable elderly would go without legal representation.”
Thompson Reuters Business selects Attorney Kathleen Kienitz as a 2013 Super Lawyer.
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The Aging Well Living Well Expo at Sunday River was a great success. There were ongoing seminars throughout the day, and we were among lots of venders where attendees could get valuable information and lots of goodies.
Here’s our table where we had lots of handouts, including a do-it-yourself Maine Advance Directives form. We also gave away (my favorite) pens and lots of chocolate.
It was great getting to know some of the other people and businesses that serve seniors in Maine.
We presented a seminar on the documents that a caregiver should have for a family member who is facing incapacity and how guardianship and conservatorship proceedings work when advance planning wasn’t possible. But, there were plenty of fun sessions too, like this Zumba class.
A highlight of the day was a Chondola ride after lunch up to the summit at Sunday River. It almost makes me want to learn to ski.