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State Bar releases new consumer pamphlets, updated senior guide

The State Bar has created a new series of free pamphlets for consumers who are seeking legal advice or have a problem with their attorney. In addition, an updated version of the popular “Seniors and the Law: A Guide for Maturing Californians” is now available for ordering.

Seniors & The Law

Produced by the bar’s Office of Communications, the eight new single-issue pamphlets explain the bar’s core consumer protection activities and offer basic legal information on various topics.

The titles, available online in English and Spanish, are: “Finding the Right Lawyer,” “A Lawyer Referral Service Can Help You,” “Having a Fee Dispute With Your Lawyer?” and “Having a Problem With Your Lawyer?” and “The Client Security Fund Can Help You.” Also available online in English are: “Do I Need a Will?” “Do I Need Estate Planning?” and “Do I Need a Living Trust?”

Finding the Right Lawyer

The first three titles are also available in print. Up to 25 copies may be shipped for free to Californians who fill out the online order form

Also on the order form, consumers may request copies of the State Bar’s longstanding series of legal guides, produced in English and Spanish with the help of a grant from the California Bar Foundation.

Newly updated for 2015, “Seniors and the Law” addresses a number of issues confronting seniors, including finances and debt, housing and caregiving, elder abuse/elder fraud and estate planning. The latest version incorporates changes in the law since 2012, such as the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Those who do not have access to the Internet may call 888-875-LAWS to order. Although the guides are free, donations are gladly accepted to help cover shipping costs. Checks may be mailed to: The State Bar of California, Office of Communications – Consumer Education Donations, 180 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105.