Los Angeles, Calif. (February 26, 2011) – The Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center on Saturday held its second Elder Law Day at the Angelus Plaza, a low income senior residential facility in Los Angeles. The half-day event consisted of an elder fraud prevention workshop focusing on financial fraud and Medicare fraud prevention and free legal assistance to elders in completing advance health care directives, power of attorney for finance, and simple statutory wills.
Diane Vu, special agent for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and Felicia Yu, Esq., partner at Reed Smith, LLP provided the elder fraud prevention presentations and Rebecca Goldfarb, Esq. and Dinh Luu, Esq., of Goldfarb & Luu, P.C., provided presentations on advance health care directives and power of attorney for finance.
While there are a number of free legal service events available to elders in Los Angeles, this event is unique in that all legal services and presentations were translated, in real time, by bilingual volunteer attorneys, law students, notaries, and other professionals in Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Spanish.
“During these difficult economic times, we often see increases in financial fraud and abuse,” said Dennis M. Wu, Esq., co-organizer of the event, current secretary of APABA, and attorney at Wasserman, Comden, Casselman & Esensten, LLP. “Elders are often targets of such fraud, so it is imperative that we provide educational services, especially to our immigrant elder community who may have more limited English abilities.”
There were over 50 attorneys, law students, and notaries who volunteered for the event with approximately 35 elders in attendance for both the presentation and the free legal clinic.
“There is overwhelming support and enthusiasm for Elder Law Day by the volunteer attorneys and law students involved and the elders receiving free legal services,” said Anthony Roh, Esq., co-organizer of Elder Law Day and staff attorney at APALC. “We hope to organize future events at other senior residential and community facilities in Los Angeles County.”
APABA and APALC are planning to organize their next Elder Law Day at Angelus Plaza in the fall and are exploring other senior facilities in Koreatown, Chinatown, and Little Tokyo for future events.
Founded in 1983, APALC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for civil rights, providing legal services and education, and building coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Pacific Americans and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.
APALC is a member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, which also includes Asian American Institute in Chicago, Asian American Justice Center in Washington, D.C., and Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco.