Pilot program aims to provide civil legal services for seniors

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A civil legal program geared towards helping our island’s manamko’ will be held virtually next week.

The Guam Micronesia Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program has partnered with the Guam Public Defender Service Corporation to present the Elder Justice Center.

The pilot program aims to provide specific civil legal services for seniors 60 and older who meet the eligibility requirements.

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According to Cathleen Moylan, program coordinator for the Guam Public Defender Corporation, this partnership was made possible by a grant awarded to the public health senior division which then allowed the Guam Public Service Corporation the opportunity to provide specific services for Guam’s manamko’ for a span of 6 months.

In an interview with NewsTalK57’s Pauly Suba, Moylan expressed the importance of providing these services for our island’s manamko’.

“We wanted to provide these presentations to reassure our manmko as well as the community that we are committed to providing this service. The zoom presentation will focus on the services that we are authorized to provide. We will be talking about our eligibility criteria and the types of legal cases we will be providing services for,” Moylan said.

The first virtual presentation of the Elder Justice Center will take place on Wednesday, February 24th, from 10 am-11:30 am, with the second session set for Saturday, February 27th, from 6 pm-7:30 pm.

Both presentations are free of charge, and participants will learn more about the Elder Justice Center program, as well as the services being provided including: assistance with arranging wills, living wills, powers of attorney, and guardianship.

Cathy Gogue says that she is hopeful that the program will continue even after the 6-month period ends.

“We’re really excited to talk about the program during the presentation on the 24th and 27th of Feb. But more so we’re more excited to be up in the Castle building or Castle Mall in Mangilao, with the division of senior citizens,” Gogue said.

For more details on how you can register for this online event, you can contact (671) 735-2652, or at Uog.gwep@triton.uog.edu

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