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Oct. 25, 2007

Law students to conduct workshop on living wills, advanced directives

A free workshop on living wills and other medical directives that can be given in advance will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the Iowa City Public Library.

The workshop is sponsored by the Legal Clinic in the University of Iowa College of Law. Law students and clinic interns Ross Binder, Abby Lemek and Liz Nemo will help people understand, prepare and use medical powers of attorney, living wills, general powers of attorney and other methods to appoint someone to make decisions in the event of incapacity, or to provide instructions regarding end of life.

The students will also discuss the real-world implications of advance directives and the experiences of people who participate in the workshop.

A resource guide and other materials will be provided, and clips from the television show "E.R." will be used to highlight practical and legal concerns.

The presentation will be tailored to persons with disabilities, many of whom lack the resources to pay for the preparation of these and other estate planning tools, but individuals of all ages and abilities are welcome to attend.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010,