Helping the Public with Legal Issues (Aired On September 15 & 16, 2018)

RadioRotary interviews Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotarian Veronica McMillan, an
attorney, and Janna Whearty, Executive Director of the Dutchess Country Bar
Association, on the programs of the Country Bar, an organization of 548
attorneys practicing in Dutchess County and the Hudson Valley. The group is
best known for evaluating candidates for judgeships, but it does much more.
One of the useful services is based in the different specialties of lawyers; the
Lawyer Referral Service directs persons in need of legal help to attorneys who
specialize in the problem, whether it be patent law; wills, health-care proxies, or
power of attorney; real-estate transactions; consumer issues; or criminal matters.
The Bar Association is also involved in the continuous education required of
licensed attorneys. Every May the Association sponsors the annual Law Day
event.

Learn more:
Dutchess Country Bar Association: http://dutchesscountybar.org/

Law Day: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_education/initiatives_awards/law-day.html

Lawyer Referral Service: http://dutchesscountybar.org/lawyer-referral-service
Mandatory Continuing Legal Education in New York State:
https://www.americanbar.org/cle/mandatory_cle/mcle_states/states_l-o/new_york.html
Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary Club: poughkeepsie arlington rotary

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October 18, 2018 · Posted in Dutchess County, Law, Service Organizations  

Victim Safety/Domestic Abuse (Aired on May 20 and May 21 2017)

A Center for Victim Safety and Support (Aired on May 20 and 21, 2017)

Leah Feldman , Director of the Center for Victim Safety and Support at Family Services in Dutchess County, and volunteer Kathleen Paluso discuss the various ways the Center aids victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and other crimes. Two hot lines connect directly to assistance: (845)485-5550 for domestic violence and (845)452-7272 for victims of rape or other crimes. The Center can help a victim find shelter from an abuser or work with the courts in providing protection. Licensed counselors are available around the
clock. Much of the RadioRotary program is concerned with the causes
of domestic violence and ways that victims can cope.
Learn more:
Family Services in Dutchess County
Center for Victim Safety and Support:
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

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May 22, 2017 · Posted in Children, Domestic Violence, Hudson Valley, Law  

Solving Marital Problems with Mediation (Aired on July 4 & 5, 2015)

(l-r) Jonah Triebwasser, Betsy Shequine, Sarah O’Connell

(l-r) Jonah Triebwasser, Betsy Shequine, Sarah O’Connell

Mediation is a process in which parties with differences meet with a neutral professional to resolve differences. In this program, Attorney Betsy Shequine explains why mediation is a cheaper, faster, and more successful way to end a marriage than litigation for divorce. Trained mediators, such as Ms. Shequine, teach the participants how to speak to each other as they resolve the complications of division of finances, care of children, and financial support after divorce. Mediators who handle divorce are usually lawyers themselves, while other trained mediators who deal with issues such as property disputes may be psychologists or social workers. A phone call to 845-471-6167 costs nothing and provides a way for the process to be explained. For later sessions, including the initial consultation meeting, the parties are charged on a per-session basis.

Learn more:
Mid-Hudson Divorce & Family Mediation Center
Divorce Mediation Basics

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July 4, 2015 · Posted in Hudson Valley, Law  

Health Information Privacy and Portability (Aired on May 9 & 10, 2015)

Rich Silva

Rich Silva

Rich Silva, Founder and President of Pain Point IT Solutions Inc., describes some of the complications concerning health information privacy and accountability rules. Before 1996, most hospital and other medical records were kept on paper and were easily available to persons other than a patient’s doctor and the patient. As part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA) and its later extensions, the privacy of medical information is assured and kept in electronic form. Pain Point IT Solutions as part of its services helps medical providers and their business associates follow the rules, which are enforced by a 164-point audit by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources. One problem of special significance is disaster recovery of information; even though all information has been backed up, without help it may require days to restore it.

Learn more:
HIPAA
Health Information Privacy Rules
Pain Point IT Solutions

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May 9, 2015 · Posted in Health, Law  

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