CALL TO ACTION
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Do you have two to three hours a month for volunteer work? Are you interested in mentoring a less-experienced attorney? Please consider giving pro bono attorneys the benefit of your expertise!
The Women’s Bar Foundation (WBF) is looking for experienced elder law practitioners to serve as mentors for a unique and longstanding pro bono initiative, the Elder Law Project (ELP). Additional details about this two-hour commitment are below. Please contact Kristy Nardone at email@example.com or Elizabeth Yows-Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to volunteer. Pro bono attorneys cite their positive experience with mentors as one of the greatest satisfactions in representing ELP clients!
The WBF, the charitable arm of the Women’s Bar Association, manages several pro bono projects, including the ELP. Through the ELP, pro bono attorneys draft simple end-of-life documents for low-income seniors. The ELP screening includes a confirmation of eligibility and a discussion of the benefits of preparing a will, health care proxy, power of attorney, and/or homestead declaration. Each volunteer attorney agrees to take two cases within a year, and the ELP anticipates that he or she will spend fewer than ten pro bono hours on each case.
The backbone of the ELP is its mentorship program. Each volunteer attorney is paired with an experienced practitioner who understands elders and has experience drafting end-of-life documents. Mentors agree to answer questions from their “mentee” as well as review documents if appropriate. Mentors never meet with clients—they serve as advisors and have the opportunity to guide a newer attorney through his or her first elder law case. Mentors choose the number of ELP attorneys they wish to mentor, and it is anticipated that the mentor time commitment is fewer than two pro bono hours per mentee.
Please consider helping a new attorney serve a low-income senior who is grappling with end-of-life decisions.
ONGOING WORK ON THE PACE/ WAIVER BILL: MassNAELA BILL H966; S580: Support of An Act To Preserve Eligibility for the PACE Program And Certain Waivered Services, Representative Benson, Senator Eldridge, H966; S58O. MassNAELA drafted this bill to enable more elders to qualify for MassHealth programs that provide care at home. With concerted advocacy by members and their clients, we believe this bill may pass the legislature. You can help by taking two steps:
1) Sign and send this sample letter directly to your legislator https://massnaela.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Letter-for-link-1.pdf; and
2) Send or give this sample letter to those clients and family members whom you identify as benefiting from the passing of this bill: https://massnaela.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Letters-for-Link-2.pdf
Please ask your clients to sign the letter to the legislator and forward it directly to their senator and representative.
For a fact sheet and copy of the Bill: https://massnaela.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Fact-sheet.pdf