Presentation helps area seniors with legal decisions, avoiding scams

Discussion held at Senior Services Center of Will County

The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office and Prairie State Legal Services partnered Monday to help area seniors with legal decisions and providing information on avoiding scams that target the elderly.

State’s Attorney James Glasgow and Prairie State attorney Mona Elgindy held the presentation Monday at Senior Services Center of Will County, 251 N. Center St. in Joliet. Elgindy discussed issues surrounding granting people power of attorney to make financial or healthcare decisions for senior citizens.

A power of attorney gives another person, the agent, the authority to make healthcare or financial decisions should a senior citizen become incapacitated or unable to make decisions.

Glasgow discussed what can occur when criminals obtain power of attorney, including using the accounts of trusting senior citizens for their own financial gain.

He also discussed ways senior citizens can protect themselves in these and other financial situations.

“Our goal is to provide senior citizens with the information they need to make informed decisions about their finances and health care without anyone getting taken for a ride,” Glasgow said in a press release announcing the event.

The presentation was sponsored by the Will County Sheriff’s Department’s and the Joliet Police Department’s Triad for Seniors.

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