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Wills clinic set to help low-income seniors

September 12, 2018

Legal Assistance of Olmsted County is again planning to have a team of attorneys on hand to help low-income seniors update their wills.

While many seniors feel their wishes are covered, Karen Fairbairn Nath, executive director of the legal assistance agency, says it often pays to have a legal expert review and update documents.

She said it’s also important to have a legally binding will, even if you don’t have a large estate. She said the document helps dictate how possessions are dispersed after someone dies.

In order to make sure those items are protected, Legal Assistance of Olmsted County will hold the free wills clinic for low-income seniors from 9:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Rochester Public Library. Approximately two dozen appointment slots are available.

To register, individuals must call Legal Assistance of Olmsted County at 507-287-2036 and speak with Erin. After registration, a questionnaire will be sent to each participant, which must be filled out and brought to the clinic.

During the clinic, volunteer attorneys will help prepare simple wills, powers of attorney and health-care directives. Nath said some past clinic participants have had all three documents completed and others have only wanted help with one or two.

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