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Rye Senior Citizens Get Legal Advice

Steven Schurkman knew estate planning could be a difficult issue for seniors to deal with, but he also knew it would be more difficult if they didn't lear about it at all.

"A lot of people don't like to talk about it," said Schurkman, who practices estate planning and elder law and chairs the Senior Law Day Programming at Westchester County.

Schurkman organized "Senior Law Evening" at the Osborn retirement home in Rye on Wednesday. Legal professionals were brought in from across Westchester County to advise seniors about how to manage their estates and protect their assets.

The county holds an annual Senior Law Day in White Plains every year, but Schurkman felt it was important to provide more events in between and to reach out to various senior communities.The event was not restricted to residents of the Osborn and was open to anyone regardless of age, though the majority of those in attendance were senior citizens.Rye Brook resident Jack Altbush, 86, came to get legal advice regarding his will.

"They ask you a lot of financial questions," Altbush said. "It's uncomfortable, but I guess you have to do it."Schurkman said that problems can arise among family members when wills are not made and someone passes on.

"It's best to put all your affairs in order and then go and enjoy your life," he said.

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