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Presenters: Thomas Shapiro and Amy Troub
Presenters: Thomas Shapiro (Director, Institute on Assets and Social Policy, The Heller School, Brandies University) and Amy Traub (Senior Policy Analyst, DEMOS)

Historical discrimination and the financial devastation of the Great Recession has led to extreme wealth inequality and a widening racial wealth gap between households of color and white households. Advocates and policymakers seek to develop policies to build wealth and opportunity in households of color and close the gap.

Researchers from Demos and Brandies University's Institute on Assets and Social Policy have introduced a new tool - the Racial Wealth Audit - to evaluate the impact of various policies on the wealth gap between white, African-American, and Latino households.

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Event Date Thursday, 19 May 2016
Event End Date Thursday, 19 May 2016
A recent article by the Seattle Times and Buzzfeed News has exposed discriminatory practices by the nation’s largest manufactured housing company, Clayton Homes and its lending subsidiaries Vanderbilt Mortgage and 21st Mortgage. The article alleges that borrowers of color were steered into higher-rate loans, rushed at loan closing, charged substantially higher rates, on average, than white borrowers, and subject to abusive collection practices when the loans defaulted. Customers lost their homes, thousands of dollars in down payments, and ancestral homeland put up as collateral to back the loans.

mh webinar speakersGFXSpeakers: Congressman Keith Ellison, Minnesota’s 5th District, and the authors of the report, Daniel Wagner of BuzzFeed News and Mike Baker of the Seattle Times for a discussion.  “Minorities Exploited by Warren Buffet’s Mobile Home Empire”.

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Event Date Tuesday, 22 March 2016
Event End Date Tuesday, 22 March 2016
This webinar will focus on the intersection of elder financial abuse and public benefits cases, including the underlying financial stresses of elders who are vulnerable to these types of abuses. We will discuss benefits that can be compromised such as Social Security and Medicaid as well as strategies and tactics to educate older adults and their caregivers, resolve cases and restore benefits. The webinar will cover such topics as power of attorney abuse, breach of fiduciary duties, and Medicaid hardship waiver applications.
Event Date Tuesday, 16 February 2016
Event End Date Tuesday, 16 February 2016

This webinar focused on fraudulent real property transactions commonly perpetrated by family members and trusted fiduciaries. We will provide an overview of elder financial exploitation related to property, talk about prevention measures, and explain strategies and tactics successfully used to handle cases and recover assets.

Speakers: David Godfrey (Senior Attorney, American Bar Assocation), Lori Stiegel (Senior Attorney, American Bar Association), Denis Culley (Staff Attorney at Legal Services for the Elderly)

Additional sponsorship for this Webinar is provided by a grant from the Administration on Aging/Administration for Community Living. This webinar is part of a series of National Elder Rights Training Project/Elder Abuse Prevention webinars for the National Legal Resource Center.

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Event Date Thursday, 21 January 2016
Event End Date Thursday, 21 January 2016
Speakers: Chi Chi Wu, National Consumer Law Center,  Chantal Hernandez, National Consumer Law Center, 
Tara Twomey, National Consumer Law Center

This webinar is provided by the National Consumer Law Center and the Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF) of Chicago with a grant from the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.

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Event Date Tuesday, 08 December 2015
Event End Date Tuesday, 08 December 2015
Recently, ProPublica published, "The Color of Debt", a first-of-its-kind analysis that showed that debt collection lawsuits are far more common in black communities than white ones. This webinar will cover the details of ProPublica's analysis of court data, explore what trends emerged among the different types of companies filing suits over consumer debt, and discuss possible causes for the racial disparity in lawsuits.

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Presenters: Paul Kiel (Reporter, ProPublica) and April Kuehnhoff (Staff Attorney, National Consumer Law Center)

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Event Date Tuesday, 01 December 2015
Event End Date Tuesday, 01 December 2015
The constant news about data breaches and scams targeting seniors has left people worried about their rights if an unauthorized charge is taken out of their account. Consumers also face problems when a gym, unwanted membership club or payday lender will not stop debiting the account. This webinar will cover consumers' rights to challenge unauthorized payments and to stop recurring payments.
saunders-lSpeaker: Lauren Saunders (Associate Director, National Consumer Law Center)

Additional sponsorship for this Webinar is provided by a grant from the Administration for Community Living. This webinar is part of a series of National Elder Rights Training Project/Elder Abuse Prevention webinars for the National Legal Resource Center.




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Event Date Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Event End Date Tuesday, 24 November 2015

 

Supported Decision-Making is an alternative to guardianship where older adults and people with disabilities work with trusted friends, family members, and professionals to help them understand the situations they face and the choices they must make so they can make their own decision, without the 'need' for a guardian.

This webinar will help you learn how to "win the case" for Supported Decision-Making at three critical stages: (1) when helping the people you work with access supports and services to live independently; (2) when a petition for guardianship has been filed; (3) and when the person you're working with is under a guardianship.

Speakers: Jonathan Martinis (Legal Director, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities and Project Director, National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making) and Dr. C. Rick Ellis (Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Forensic Psychologist at Spectrum Psychological and Forensic Services).

This webinar is a sequel to The Fine Art of Balancing Protection with Self Determination (September 22, 2015).

Additional sponsorship for this Webinar is provided by a grant from the Administration on Aging/Administration for Community Living. This webinar is part of a series of National Elder Rights Training Project/Elder Abuse Prevention webinars for the National Legal Resource Center.

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Event Date Tuesday, 20 October 2015
Event End Date Tuesday, 20 October 2015
Discovery plays a key role in mortgage litigation.  The focus on this program will be on what information is available from mortgage servicers and other possible parties, but we’ll also touch on electronic (ESI) discovery and protective orders.

Presenters: Kai Richter (Nichols Kaster, PLLP) and  Tara Twomey (National Consumer Law Center)

This Webinar is provided by the National Consumer Law Center and the Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF) of Chicago with a grant from the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. For more information email Lauren Mahoney at lmahoney@nclc.org

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Event Date Tuesday, 06 October 2015
Event End Date Tuesday, 06 October 2015
Research shows that empowering individuals to actively participate in personal decision making improves life outcomes and can reduce the risk of abuse and exploitation. There is a risk of abuse and exploitation in all models of decision making for persons with differing abilities. An overly protective response to situations where a person with varying levels of capacity may be at risk can stifle self-determination and empowerment. Protection needs to be carefully balanced with protecting human and constitutional rights. Adults have a basic right to make choices, good or bad, and determine the course of their lives. An overly aggressive, or inappropriate protective response to limited capacity can itself be a form of abuse. This session will talk about recognizing the signs and signals of abuse, neglect (self-neglect) and exploitation, tools to maximize communication with persons with differing abilities, and promoting self-determination and choice through supported approaches that mitigate against risk and empower individuals. The session will explore the application of the Supported Decision Making model to assist persons in making choices, increase access to positive life outcomes, and reduce the risk of harm.

Presenters: David Godfrey (Senior Attorney, American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging) and Jonathan Martinis (Legal Director, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities)

Additional sponsorship for this Webinar is provided by a grant from the Administration on Aging/Administration for Community Living. This webinar is part of a series of National Elder Rights Training Project/Elder Abuse Prevention webinars for the National Legal Resource Center.

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Event Date Tuesday, 22 September 2015
Event End Date Tuesday, 22 September 2015