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Alzheimer’s & Dementia: At the Movies and in Real Life

A number of upcoming and current films focus Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia, and show how these conditions affect a person’s life and their family.  In the drama Still Alice, Julianne Moore stars as Alice Howard, a professor living with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease.  The film shows how this diagnosis changes her relationships with her friends,…

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WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU CAN’T HELP MY FATHER?

Legal Services for the Elderly provides Civil Legal Services to clients in several Counties in Western New York. The Agency has different contracts funded by a variety of sources and our CEO, Karen Nicolson, Esq., works tirelessly to secure new funding streams to keep up with 21st century demands. For most of our services, the…

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Guardianship

Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of Western New York, Inc. (LSED) may become a court appointed Guardian of an individual where the individual has been deemed to be incapacitated by the Erie County Supreme Court. The incapacity could be due to a variety of factors; however, the common denominator is the inability to…

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Representative Payee

QUESTION:  What is a Representative Payee? Answer:  A representative payee is a person selected to receive benefit checks on behalf of another.  A beneficiary of a benefit like Social Security, Supplemental Security,  Railroad Retirement may voluntarily appoint a third party to manage and control his/her monthly benefit.  In some cases, where the beneficiary is mentally…

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Power of Attorney

A power of attorney is a legal document in which one person, the principle, grants specific powers to another person, the agent, to conduct their health or financial affairs.  Seeking the advice of an attorney can help you decide if it is wise for you to grant these powers over your affairs to another person. …

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