Money Smart Week® April 20-27, 2013
Money Smart Week will be held April 20-27, 2013. The campaign provides a week of classes and events aimed at helping consumers make informed choices when managing their personal finances. Roughly 500 free educational classes will take place in the Chicago area focusing on financial topics for people of all ages and walks of life, from budgeting to estate planning. For more information or to view a complete listing of calendar events around Chicagoland, visit www.moneysmartweek.org.
The Library will be offering three (3) programs during Money Smart Week:
April 22: Powers of Attorney: What's New and How it Affects You
What is power of attorney, a living will, and what is the difference!? Why you should have advanced directives to ensure your wishes are followed. This seminar presented by Kenneth M. Bloom, attorney, CPA, and partner of the Chicago estate planning law firm Peck Bloom, LLC. will also provide an overview of purpose of advanced directives: What is a power of attorney? What is a living will? What is the difference!? and why every person should have them to ensure their health care wishes are followed- even when they are incapacitated. Mr. Bloom will also review the precarious scenarios that can arise if powers of attorney are not drafted properly and how to guarantee that does not happen to you.
April 23: Creating Wealth
An overview of personal wealth-building strategies that includes setting financial goals, budgeting, saving and investing, managing debt, and understanding credit reports and credit scores. Presented by JVS Chicago.
April 24: Identity Theft:How to Protect Yourself
Deidre Burke, Illinois Office of the Comptroller's Consumer Affairs Division, will discuss how to protect yourself against identity theft, identify potential scams and fraud, and how to take appropriate action if you are a victim of identity theft or a scam.
All programs start at 7:30 pm and will be held in the Auditorium.