power of attorney

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When the coronavirus first became a big deal in Kansas back in March, elementary school music teacher Emily Boedeker’s life changed quickly.

One day she was singing and laughing with the more than 300 kids that pass through her classroom in Lawrence every day. The next day, school was canceled and she needed to figure out how to upload bits of instruction to YouTube.

Nearly six months later, it’s time for a new school year. The prospect of going back into a classroom when the coronavirus is still spreading has her thinking about worst-case scenarios.

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Lawyers will work with older adults who want to designate a durable power of attorney at an event on Tuesday in Wichita.

The event, targeting individuals 60 and older, will offer the opportunity to appoint someone as a durable power of attorney to handle their affairs if they become incapacitated.

Lawyers from Kansas Legal Services, a non-profit law firm and community education organization, will assist with the effort. Melody McCray-Miller, who’s coordinating the event says it’s important to have legal documents completed.