September 17, 2014
Last week, Alex Ryley, Director of VOLS’ Elderly Project, spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at the Pro Bono Coordinators Network Meeting  of the New York State Bar Association's biannual Partnership Conference. Read more
September 11, 2014
WNYC has been running an excellent series of stories by health reporter Fred Mogul on the importance of end-of-life planning and care. The latest story in the series, “Death Beds: Living Wills Slowly Taking Root,” which aired on September 10, 2014, concerns health care proxies, living wills, and... Read more
August 18, 2014
The other night I spoke about "life-planning documents," like wills and powers of attorney, at a bereavement group for people whose spouses have recently died.  Before I gave my presentation I asked for questions, because I'd been told that some of the attendees had concerns about issues they'd... Read more
July 24, 2014
Many of us have had a bad roommate at some point in our lives, so we know how miserable it can be to live with such a person.  But imagine how much worse it would be if you were a frail senior with no protective family or friends, and no money to hire a lawyer.  A recent clinical encounter and... Read more
July 17, 2014
Yesterday’s New York Times described a class-action lawsuit just filed by NYLAG (New York Legal Assistance Group):  http://nyti.ms/W8LTLl.... Read more
July 16, 2014
When I was a staff lawyer at The Legal Aid Society’s Brooklyn Office for the Aging (prior to my arrival at VOLS), I represented a 65-year-old man who had had a Section 8 housing voucher for many years but lost it following a stroke and his consequent extended stay in a nursing home.  Here’s why:... Read more

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