Daily Briefs, October 27

Attorneys to receive Warrior of Justice awards from LAD
Attorneys Harold Gurewitz and Walter Pookrum will receive Warrior of Justice awards from Legal Aid and Defender Association (LAD) during its inaugural Laddys pro bono service awards ceremony Nov. 3.

Gurewitz, of the law firm Gurewitz & Raben, PLC, will be honored for his years of service representing indigent defendants in U.S. District Court. He has also served several years as a LAD board of directors member and officer.

“Mr. Gurewitz has performed exceptional service to his clients, the court and our community,” said Deierdre L. Weir, president and CEO of LAD.
Weir cited Pookrum, of the Law Firm of Walter Pookrum, for his years of service representing indigent defendants in both state and federal courts and for his years of service as a LAD board member.

The Nov. 3 event will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. at the A. Albert Taubman Center for Design Services at the College for Creative Studies, 485 W. Milwaukee St.

Tickets for the Laddys awards ceremony are $50 and are tax deductible. Tables of eight are available. Entrance to the College for Creative Studies is located at the corner of W. Milwaukee Street and Cass Avenue in the former Argonaut Building.  Convenient free parking is available adjacent to the college.

For further information on the Laddys awards ceremony, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Tanya Cleveland at (313) 967-5608.

Citizen’s Alliance offers free seminar on the probate court Nov. 4
On Friday, Nov. 4, at the Royal Oak Senior Center at 3500 Marias in Royal Oak, the Citizen’s Alliance of the Oakland County Probate and Circuit Courts will conduct a free seminar for senior citizens and their families from 1-3:30 p.m. explaining the probate court’s role in wills, estates, trusts, guardianships, and conservatorships.

Titled “Removing The Mysteries of Probate Court,” the seminar will provide attendees with information on the advantages and disadvantages of “avoiding probate,” when and how to use a will, trust and/or Power of Attorney, how to begin probate proceedings, and when to consider use of guardianships and conservatorships.

Panelists will include Probate Register Jill Koney Daly from the Oakland County Probate Court; Estate Settlement Officer Tamra Tobin Teno from Fifth Third Bank; and private practice attorney Paula Talarico from the law firm of Talarico & Associates PC.
Materials will be available on trusts, estates, and the legal rights of senior citizens. Adequate time will be available for questions.

To register, contact the Royal Oak Senior Center at 248-246-3900.