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September 4 2014

FREDERICTON (GNB) – A new legal toolkit designed to help protect seniors from abuse and fraud was released today by the Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick.

“Having a plan to make sure you and your interests are protected is very important for seniors,” said Justice Minister Troy Lifford. “Taking the time to review this toolkit can help in planning for the future and making sure you are secure.”
The kit provides an overview of various legal tools that can help seniors prevent fraud and plan for the future. Among the various features is a guide called Protect Yourself from Abuse and Fraud: A Guide for Seniors .
“Legal tools such as powers of attorney and shared bank accounts are sometimes looked at with suspicion by seniors because there is a possibility they could become a source of financial exploitation,” said executive director of Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick Deborah Doherty . “The guide encourages seniors not to let the fear of abuse stop them from seeing a lawyer and exploring legal options. There are more opportunities for someone to take advantage of a senior who has not planned ahead and chosen a trusted individual or professional to act on their behalf when they are no longer capable.”

The Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick is a non-profit, charitable organization that educates the public about the law. It is funded by the Department of Justice Canada, the New Brunswick Law Foundation and the New Brunswick Office of the Attorney General. Project funding to create the toolkit and guide were provided by the federal New Horizons for Seniors program.

The toolkit can be viewed online .

Look under Publications in the Abuse and Violence section. To request a copy call (506) 453-5369, email or fax 506-462-5193.

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