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Free programs offer financial help during Money Smart Week
Free programs offer financial help during Money Smart Week

Sarasota, Florida -- Financial experts from the worlds of banking, investments, nonprofit agencies and retirement planning will offer free advice at libraries around Sarasota County during "Money Smart Week @ Your Library," April 19 through April 27. 

Among the topics are budgeting; investing wisely; navigating the Medicare system; setting up wills, trusts and estates; dealing with landlord/tenant issues; and preventing identity theft. Scheduled presentations include:   

  • "Basic Landlord-Tenant Law: What Every Landlord and Tenant Needs To Know" -- 2 p.m. Friday, April 19, Gulf Gate Library, Sarasota Square Mall, 8201 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Attorney Todd Chapman will discuss the laws surrounding the responsibilities for both landlords and tenants.  
  • "Where Does My Money Go?" -- 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20, North Sarasota Library, 2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota. Sandee Rains from CredAbility, a nonprofit credit counseling and education service, will provide help with tracking expenses and creating a savings plan.  
  • "Scams, Schemes & Exploitation" -- 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, Selby Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota. Detective Jack Carter of the Sarasota Police Department will talk about how to avoid becoming a victim of a scam and identity theft.
  • "Scams and Thieves" -- 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, Venice Library, 300 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice. Fiona Lewis of Suntrust Bank will discuss how to avoid being duped by phone, email and mail.  
  • "Navigating Medicare" -- 10 a.m. Thursday, April 25, Fruitville Library, 100 Coburn Road, Sarasota. Free assistance will be offered by Associated Medicare Patients Inc. to those applying for -- or having problems with -- navigating the Medicare system. 
  • "Last Will and Embezzlement" - 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 13800 S. Tamiami Trail, North Port. Mickey Rooney stars in 20-minute segment in a documentary, along with real-life who were financially exploited.