West Virginia Senior Legal Aid, Inc., would like to acknowledge its appreciation for the special contributions made by everyone who devoted his or her time to the creation of the original manual and this updated and expanded edition. First, we thank Phil Wachowiak, our summer legal intern. Phil did a fantastic job, in a short period of time, editing, updating, and researching.

We thank the many people who have worked on previous editions of the manual, including Laura Lee Partington, West Peterson, Abbe Klezer, Rachel Livingood, Sarah McDaniel, Melanie Hoover, Lindsey Saad, Peggy Blanchard, Mindy Parsley, Cassandra Means, Terrilyn Cheatham, Paige Ward, Tonya Michael, Christine Krantz, Melissa Carlton, Velma McClure, Rocky Schrecongost, Megan Carpenter, Rhonda McIntyre, Laryn Ullman, Marc Ingham, Kirsten Nelson, Suzanne Messenger, and Bren Pomponio.

Special thanks to Nelson R. Liston II for many hours of technical assistance producing the web version of this update.

We also want to acknowledge and thank the West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest at West Virginia University for the fellowship, which allowed Sarah to work on this manual. This fellowship has made the creation and maintenance of this manual a reality. We also thank the Carl Selinger Human Rights & Public Interest Fund, the federal Administration on Aging, the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services, and the Northwestern Area Agency on Aging for providing grant money, and the many individuals whose donations make the production and distribution of this manual possible.

West Virginia Senior Legal Aid, Inc., takes full responsibility for any errors in this manual. We appreciate all the work and assistance provided by the people and groups acknowledged above. We could not have finished this project without them, but we are completely accountable for any mistakes. If you find errors in this edition of the manual please let us know. We appreciate your input.