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Now’s the Time: Make Your Own Plan

– with Ellen DiPaola & Thomas Hulley


Free workshop
Tuesday May 7, 3-4:45pmOnline workshop Online workshop

Two separate back-to-back online sessions cover the legal aspects of healthcare and durable power of attorney planning. Co-sponsored by LifePath.

Part 1: Become a Health Care Planning Ambassador by Honoring Choices (Ellen DiPaola)

Adults learn how to make their own health care plan using the Honoring Choices MA Getting Started Tool Kit. We will review the easy 3-step process to complete a MA Health Care Proxy and Personal Directive (Living Will), and talk with your care providers to put your care plan into action. The free downloadable tool kit includes planning information and documents, a wallet card and a handy conversation guide to help ensure your health care professionals can align good care to your goals, values and care choices.

Part 2: Basics of Durable Power of Attorney Community Legal Aid (Thomas Hulley)

Learn about the benefits and potential drawbacks of a durable power of attorney, and some of the key considerations when deciding if a DPOA makes sense for you. Included in the talk will be some information on how to get a DPOA in place if you think it is right for you.

About the Presenter

Ellen M. DiPaola, JD, is the President and CEO of Honoring Choices Massachusetts. where she oversees all aspects of the organization and convenes the New England Healthy Living Collective and the Consumer Health Equity Advisory Group. She chairs the Guardianship-Serious Illness Advisory Group, co-sponsored by Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, and is co-chair of the MOLST to POLST Advisory Group, MA Coalition for Serious Illness Care. Ellen is a state representative to the National POLST Plenary Assembly, leading the Patient-Consumer Education Workgroup. Elder law attorney Thomas Hulley’s first experience in public interest work was as an intern for the Legal Services Corporation’s Legal Aid Chicago. After college, he served for a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. Thomas then moved to Nashville and worked for two years as an advocate at Disability Rights Tennessee. In law school, he spent his first summer interning with a federal judge and his second summer interning with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. He joined Community Legal Aid in 2021.

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