Almgren Law Hosts Outdoor Workshop

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LENOX, Mass. — Almgren Law will host a "Ready, Set, Know Your Options” outdoor workshop on Saturday, Sept. 26, to help people understand their estate planning and eldercare options.
 
Topics will include Using Trusts to Avoid Probate and Save Taxes, Protect Your Home and Assets, Accessing Home Care and VA Benefits, Understanding Nursing Home Rules, Navigating the Health Care System and more. 
 
Speakers from the firm will include estate attorney Kristina Kisiel, nurse care coordinator Debra Allen, veterans benefits specialist Mike King and Paula Almgren, founder of Berkshire County's only law firm specializing in comprehensive elder law, estate and tax planning and life care planning.
 
"It's a pretty disconcerting time for everyone right now, and we've arranged this event to help people feel a little less stressed and uncertain,” Paula Almgren said. "When we understand what our options are, we can plan for whatever life brings us and often avoid having to make decisions under duress in the middle of a crisis.”
 
The free event starts at 10 a.m. under a big tent outside Almgren Law at 1 West St. Participants must RSVP by emailing vsmith@almgrenlaw.com or calling 413-637-5075. 
 
Family groups are limited to three members.
 
Attendees will be required to wear masks until seated on socially distanced chairs and will be asked a few COVID-19 screening questions during registration and upon arrival. Masks and hand-sanitizer will be available, and Individually packaged refreshments will be provided.
 
"We'll take every precaution to make this a safe, informative event,” Almgren said. "I hope people will come out and learn something valuable that can help them feel a lot more settled.”
 
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Berkshire Country Day School Head Speaking at Conference

LENOX, Mass. — Berkshire Country Day School Head of School Jenifer Fox will keynote for the International Democratic Education Conference.
 
The conference will take place on Thursday, Oct 29, at noon. Her talk, "A Child's Search for Meaning: How we can infuse education with meaning and why," will be delivered via internet conference to a worldwide audience in both English and French.
 
The education conference meets annually, rotating hosting responsibilities between eight to 10 different countries. The gathering draws a few thousand attendees from 30-40 countries who convene to discuss and envision the future of education. This year, the conference will honor the memory of the late Sir Ken Robinson, an author, speaker and educational guru who changed the way the world views our school systems.
 
According to a press release, Fox is an international best-selling author and speaker in her own right, and was influenced by Robinson's work, which she cites in her book "Your Child's Strengths" (Viking/Penguin). 
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