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Professor creates video website offering law
and advice to Savvy Seniors and their
TUCSON, Ariz., July 7, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Should
you get a Living Trust? A Reverse Mortgage?
Will your Living Will be followed? How can
you leave money to a disabled relative? What
if a parent is beginning to lose it? What
about their driving; what about home care?
How can you be sure they aren't being
abused? And, if death comes, what about the
first few weeks?
video segments, found at
law and advice on specific problems likely
to be encountered as we grow older. There is
even occasional poetry and humor and several
videos are hosted by Kenney F. Hegland, the
James E. Rogers Professor of Law at the
University of Arizona. His three decades
teaching law have included stints at the
University of San Diego's London Program and
at UCLA and Harvard. Two of his books are
popular in the nation's law schools, and, on
a quest to make law accessible to the
public, he has written nine law-related
videos which are distributed to high schools
by The Discovery Channel.
Realizing that we are all likely to make
serious, expensive, and heart-breaking
mistakes unless we anticipate problems, he
teamed up with a nationally known elder
lawyer to write "New Times, New Challenges:
Law and Advice for Savvy Seniors and Their
Andrew Weil calls the book "engaging, even
entertaining and uplifting" and recommends
it to patients, friends and loved ones. The
Director of the American Bar Association's
Commission on Law and Aging writes that the
book has the "down-home philosophy and wit
of Will Rogers, wryly enriched by poetry,
humor, and existential musings."
Professor Hegland brings this down-home
philosophy and wit to the videos. Several
are free: on important family discussion; on
raising grandchildren; on volunteering; and
on identifying and coping with elder abuse.
There is even one on sex.
segments include: Avoiding Probate; Wills;
Trusts; Home Care for the Elderly; Identity
Theft and Scams; Driving; Essential
Documents: Advance Health Care Directives;
Dealing with Doctors and Finding Lawyers;
Disability in the Family; Legal Capacity;
Deciding for Those Who Can't; Death in the
Family; Disgruntled Heirs; Remarriage. They
are available at $2.67 each.
I started teaching Elder Law eight years
ago, I was shocked on how many of life's
problems can be avoided or dealt with
successfully. Every day I hear stories of
families torn apart, trying to cope with a
tangle of heart-wrenching problems. Like so
many of us, they assumed that tomorrow would
be like today. It won't be. I'm not modest
in my goals. With the information provided
in the book or on the website, seniors and
their families will, quite simply, lead
happier, less stressful lives," said Hegland.