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Thousands of older adults with modest financial resources live in manufactured housing communities. These naturally occurring retirement communities provide a safe physical and socially active environment that enable older adults to successfully age in place. Elders, however, risk displacement when the community is closed or rents are increased beyond an affordable level. This webinar will discuss the benefits and challenges that older adults face as residents of manufactured housing communities as well as policies and practices that can support their community.

Presenters: Ishbel Dickens (Executive Director, National Manufactured Home Owners Association), Andrée Tremoulet (Research Associate and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Portland State University), Odette Williamson (Staff Attorney at National Consumer Law Center)

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 webinars for the National Legal Resource Center.

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Event Date 07-23-2015 2:00 pm
Event End Date 07-23-2015 3:30 pm
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Administrative disability discharge and bankruptcy are two important ways for borrowers experiencing hardship to eliminate their student loan debts. It is very difficult, but not impossible, to discharge student loans in bankruptcy. Most of the webinar will focus on the threshold questions to ask in considering whether to pursue bankruptcy discharge and tips for proving undue hardship. We will first review the basics of disability discharges. For those borrowers who qualify, this is often a more efficient route to student loan discharge than bankruptcy. Learn how to navigate these two options, the pros and cons to each, and when to use one method over the other.

Speakers: Deanne Loonin, Staff Attorney (National Consumer Law Center), Geoff Walsh, Staff Attorney (National Consumer Law Center), Persis Yu, Staff Attorney (National Consumer Law Center)

There is no charge for this webinar.
All time listings are in Eastern Time.
For more information email Lauren at trainings@nclc.org .
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Event Date 07-22-2015 2:00 pm
Event End Date 07-22-2015 3:30 pm
Join us for a webinar on Jun 24, 2015 at 2:00 PM EDT.
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This will be the third session in a series of student loan webinars. This session will cover the basics on how to get federal student loan borrowers out of default, pros and cons of each method, and the various loan repayment options/eligibility for borrowers not in default. It will also include information about ongoing problems in these areas, as well as information on the proposed rules for the newest income driven repayment plan.

Speakers: Adam Minsky, Attorney (Law Office of Adam Minsky) and Persis Yu, Staff Attorney (National Consumer Law Center).

There is no charge for this webinar.
All time listings are in Eastern Time.
For more information email Lauren at trainings@nclc.org .
Event Date 06-24-2015 2:00 pm
Event End Date 06-24-2015 3:30 pm
Advocates representing elderly homeowners that were left off of a reverse mortgage loan taken out by their spouses have been struggling to keep foreclosure at bay. For most surviving spouses, HUD is extending only the "Mortgagee Optional Election," wherein the mortgage servicer may assign the mortgage to HUD only if the spouse passes the Principal Limit Factor test. However, surviving spouses who have obtained a court order declaring the HUD regulation invalid as to them have been offered the alternative "Hold Election," where the servicer can delay foreclosure indefinitely and then assign the loan to HUD when it reaches 98% of the Maximum Claim Amount. This alternative does not require a spouse to pass the Principal Limit Factor test. This session will follow up on our March 19th webinar (http://tinyurl.com/kjbnvzk), expanding on litigation theories, crafting pleadings, strategy issues, and opportunities to resolve these cases in a way that keeps widows and widowers in their homes. 

Presenter: Sarah Bolling Mancini (National Consumer Law Center) 

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 webinars for the National Legal Resource Center. 

There is no charge for this webinar. 
All time listings are in Eastern Time. 
If you have any questions email trainings@nclc.org

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Event Date 05-28-2015 2:00 pm
Event End Date 05-28-2015 3:30 pm
Attorneys from the Department of Justice's Consumer Protection Branch will describe fraud schemes targeting older Americans, including Jamaican lottery scams and large-scale psychic schemes. The crimes, perpetrated through mass mailings and telemarketing, affect hundreds of thousands of U.S. consumers. Presenters will describe how the scams contact victims, the manner in which they operate and the Consumer Protection Branch's interception and prosecution efforts. The webinar will also address tips on how to avoid the scams and improve prevention efforts.

Presenters:
Rich Goldberg (Assistant Director, U.S. Department of Justice, Consumer Protection Branch); Kate Drenning (Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Consumer Protection Branch); Ann Entwistle (Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Consumer Protection Branch)

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 webinars for the National Legal Resource Center.

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Event Date 05-27-2015 2:00 pm
Event End Date 05-27-2015 3:30 pm
Older adults are increasingly entering retirement with large amounts of unsecured debt. Whether student loans or credit cards, the pressure of trying to pay these bills on a limited income makes older adults susceptible to debt relief scams. Debt relief services advertise supposedly painless ways to make your bills go away. But they often leave their customers in deeper trouble. This webinar will survey some common debt relief scams and the laws regulating them. 

Presenter: Andrew Pizor, Staff Attorney at the National Consumer Law Center 

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 webinars for the National Legal Resource Center. 

There is no charge for this webinar. 
If you have any questions email trainings@nclc.org

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Event Date 05-21-2015 2:00 pm
Event End Date 05-21-2015 3:30 pm
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This will be the second session in a series of student loan webinars. It will provide an introduction to the different types of relief available to student loan borrowers who have been subjected to illegal, unfair, or deceptive school practices. It will cover how to identify school-based claims, how to prepare closed school and false certification (ability-to-benefit) discharge applications, and how to present school-based claims as a defense to loan repayment. It will also cover the advantages and limitations of each type of relief, as well as recent developments. This webinar will not cover basic background information on federal student loans, so we recommend prior participation in the April 22 webinar.

Speakers: Robyn Smith, Of Counsel, National Consumer Law Center and Toby Merrill, Director, Project on Predatory Student Lending, Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School

There is no charge for this webinar.
All time listings are in Eastern Time.
For more information email Lauren at trainings@nclc.org.

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Event Date 05-20-2015 2:00 pm
Event End Date 05-20-2015 4:00 pm
Grandfamilies or kinship families are raising 2.5 million children, and a fourth of all children in foster care. Grandparents, other extended family members and close family friends step forward, often at a moment’s notice, to raise these children. Research shows that the children fare well. They have more stability, less trauma, and a greater sense of stability than children raised by non-relatives. Although there are many benefits, acknowledged through federal law and its preferences for relative placements and connections, there are still many challenges. Relatives are often not told of their placement and legal options, and the benefits and services that can correspond with those options. They also may have trouble accessing school enrollment and health care for the children. This webinar will address the strengths and challenges of grandfamilies both inside and outside the foster care system. We will explore relevant federal laws, state care and custody options, and benefits and services. Attendees will come away with practical tools and resources to better serve grandfamilies. 

Presenters: Ana Beltran, Special Advisor and Attorney, Generations United. Moderated by Jerry Battle, Staff Attorney at the National Consumer Law Center 

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 webinars for the National Legal Resource Center.

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Event Date 05-19-2015 2:00 pm
Event End Date 05-19-2015 3:30 pm
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In this webinar we will provide an overview of bankruptcy law for attorneys with limited bankruptcy experience. We will cover how filing for bankruptcy may help older consumers who are facing harassment or the risk of loss of income or property at the hands of creditors. The webinar will address differences between chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy, dischargeable and nondischargeable debts, the scope and protections of the bankruptcy stay, and special issues like how to use bankruptcy to save a house or car.

Presenters: Sarah Bolling Mancini (National Consumer Law Center), Jeremiah Battle (National Consumer Law Center)

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 webinars for the National Legal Resource Center.

There is no charge for this webinar.
All time listings are in Eastern Time.
If you have any questions email trainings@nclc.org

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Event Date 04-28-2015 2:00 pm
Event End Date 04-28-2015 4:00 pm
Advocates representing widows or widowers that were left off of a reverse mortgage loan taken out by their spouses have been struggling to keep foreclosure at bay. While the Plunkett litigation is ongoing, HUD has long promised a solution addressing this issue for all non-borrowing spouses. With the issuance of Mortgagee Letter 2015-03, it is clear that for most surviving spouses, HUD is extending only the "Mortgagee Optional Election," wherein the mortgage servicer may assign the mortgage to HUD only if the spouse passes the Principal Limit Factor test. However, surviving spouses who have obtained a court order declaring the HUD regulation invalid as to them have been offered the alternative "Hold Election," where the servicer can delay foreclosure indefinitely and then assign the loan to HUD when it reaches 98% of the Maximum Claim Amount. This alternative does not require a spouse to pass the Principal Limit Factor test. Hear from attorneys who are litigating these cases about crafting pleadings, litigation strategy, and opportunities to resolve these cases in a way that keeps widows in their homes. We will also explain how to calculate the Principal Limit Factor test in order to determine whether the Mortgagee Optional Election is a viable option for your client.

Presenters: Sarah Bolling Mancini (National Consumer Law Center), Odette Williamson (National Consumer Law Center), Rachel Scott (Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc.)

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 webinars for the National Legal Resource Center.

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Event Date 03-19-2015 2:00 pm
Event End Date 03-19-2015 4:00 pm