KILGORE — The lunch menu was baked potato with a side of law at Kilgore’s First Christian Church on Thursday.
About a dozen senior residents chewed on elder law advice from Longview attorney Chris Parker while enjoying a free meal.
The Aging Insight event — titled “Small Misconceptions, Big Consequences” — was part of a regular law school lunch series put on by Ross and Shoalmire LLP law firm, along with Kilgore-area assisted living, hospice care and other agencies.
From the benefits of establishing a trust, to safeguarding from the pitfalls of probate or co-signing for children and grandchildren, Parker gave legal insight to attendees as they ingested spuds and realization.
“We basically just try to provide information to people who need it with regards to common problems we see all of the time,” Parker said.
Karen Wilson and her mom, Louise Harrison, were complimentary of the information. Thursday wasn’t their first time attending the series.
Wilson said her favorite part of Parker’s talk was, “Probably the information about the trusts and hearing the information again about what Medicaid has access to and what they don’t have access to.”
The series is held across East Texas through the year including Tyler, Longview, Henderson and Jacksonville, said Stacey Ford, business development director for the Ross and Shoalmire firm.
Attorney Kristen Ishihara, who is also a Longview City Council member, spoke about do-it-yourself wills at a law school lunch event in Jefferson that the firm said attracted “a record turnout.”
“We do three to four dates per calendar year,” Ford said. “We’re trying to help educate. It’s interactive in the questions and things that are more personal to them, and we give door prizes and invite them to come again next time.”
The next aging insight events are scheduled for noon Tuesday at 2212 W. Reagan St. in Palestine, and all day Thursday at the Texarkana Convention Center on Cowhorn Creek Drive.