Seniors’ Law Day looks at deeds, scams and trusts

Deeds, scams and trusts will be highlighted during the Seniors Law Day 2011, Friday at the War Memorial Convention Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hosted by the Seniors’ Law Program, the event offers kupuna the most up-to-date information on the legal issues which can affect their lives, this year’s theme being “Deeds, Scams and Trusts: A Survivor’s Guide.”

There is a registration deadline of noon today with a donation of $8 and includes a mini bento lunch and bottled water for those who register by the deadline.

Drawing from the theme, representatives from the Seniors’ Law Program will speak on “Put the Kids on the Deed,” how a wrong move could cost both the homeowner and their children a lot. The discussion will look at the dangers and advantages of joint tenancy, tenants in common, gift/leaseback, and the life estate remainder transfer in light of Medicaid regulations and tax impacts.

The Prosecutor’s Office will present “Identity Theft and Scam Alert,” speaking on the current scams and identity theft schemes which are stealing senior citizens’ hard-earned money right here on Kaua‘i. They will also offer suggestions on how to protect oneself and family.

If your trust is 10 years old, a primer looks at whether a trust needs some minor, or major updates based on the changing of laws, the passage of time and personal neglect.

Michael Ratcliffe of the Seniors’ Law Program said in addition to the presentations, there will be a host of community organizations which offer resources to senior citizens.

Call 246-8868 for more information.

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@


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