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Total Life Choices (TLC) provides free legal services to promote and protect the dignity of each individual.  TLC attorneys and volunteers empower individuals in articulating and documenting crucial lifetime, incapacity, and end-of-life choices through education and legal planning.  TLC counsels families on complex court procedures for probate, administration and guardianship.



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Total Life Choices (TLC)
New York Legal Assistance Group
7 Hanover Square, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004

Phone: (212) 613-5000
Fax: (212) 714-7402

Last Will and Testament, Power of Attorney, and Appointment of Agent to Control Disposition of Remains Presentations

TLC offers presentations to inform and educate individuals about relevant legal planning tools available to them.  Many people believe that they do not need these documents because they do not have enough assets, or because they think their families will have automatic control or they do not understand the purpose of these documents.  However, each individual needs to take control of their planning in order to ensure that their decisions and directions will be carried out upon possible incapacity or upon passing.

These presentations are only available to community groups of qualified low income New Yorkers.

Topics covered in this presentation include:

  • A brief overview of NYLAG’s free legal services
  • Last Will and Testament

What is it?
Why is it important? An overview of the laws of intestacy and what happens to your assets if you do not have a Last Will.
How do I obtain a Last Will?

Importance of seeking the assistance of an attorney
Requirements of proper execution

Contents of the Last Will – what can be given away by the Last Will? Who should be responsible for the distribution?
Estate Procedures – how the Last Will is used after your passing

What passes outside of a Last Will?
Ethical Wills – what they are and how to use them

  • Power of Attorney

What is a General Durable Power of Attorney?

Powers granted to the Agent

How it this different from a Last Will and Testament?

  • Appointment of Agent to Control Disposition of Remains

What is an Appointment of Agent to Control Disposition of Remains?
What types of instructions can be included in this document?

  • TLC’s procedure for providing these documents

Intake through NYLAG general line
Phone consultation and office visit to sign documents

Complimentary informational materials will be provided that described the legal planning tools reviewed in the presentation and to assist participants in determining which tool(s) may be appropriate for them.

Please note that presentations on Last Wills and Testaments, Powers of Attorney and Appointments of Agent to Control Disposition of Remains do not include a workshop portion, as these legal documents require further consultation and time to properly complete.

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Total Life Choices provides free legal education seminars and trainings on legal planning to community groups and medical and social service professionals. To schedule a TLC presentation, contact Tina Janssen-Spinosa, Esq. at (212) 613-5062 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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