Massena Hospital and Massena law firm presenting seniors' legal documents seminar/lunch April 25
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 2:52 pm

MASSENA -- Making sure legal documents are current is an important part of life.

To help the elderly with this often uncomfortable chore, Massena Memorial Hospital is partnering with Atty. Efstathia G. Kyriakopoulos of the Snider, Kyriakopoulos and Snider Law Firm of Massena to offer the 2018 National Healthcare Decision Making Day programs.

Kyriakopoulos will present a free community seminar/luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 25 on “Powers of Attorney and Health Care Proxies” in the hospital Wing Board Room, main level. The program will last approximately one hour, and includes a question-and-answer session and a free lunch.

The program will cover: What are health care proxies and powers of attorney? How do they differ? What are the different kinds of power of attorney? How can these documents help avoid a guardian? What should be considered in choosing an agent? What must be done to complete these forms?

According to Kyriakopoulos, a health care proxy and an appropriate durable power of attorney are tools that can avoid costly and time-consuming court proceedings for a guardianship. A major advantage of both is they allow individuals to select who they want to make financial and health care decisions for them if they become unable to make them on their own.

Since its inception 22 years ago, National Healthcare Decision Making Day programs have provided an opportunity for practicing lawyers to explain to the public legal procedures such as the creation of advance directives to plan for the possibility of incapacity, and making a will to ensure the appropriate distribution of assets at death.

To pre-register for the seminar/luncheon call MMH Public Relations at 315-769-4262.