National Elder Rights Training Project

NCLC's National Elder Rights Training Project is part of the National Legal Resource Center (NLRC), a collaboration of organizations sponsored by the U.S. Administration of Community Living. The NLRC provides trainings and case consultation as well as legal assistance to attorneys and advocates for older adults.

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Webinar speakersPresenters: Kate Lang, Justice in Aging, Michael Walters, Center for Elder Rights Advocacy and Pro Seniors, Inc. and Persis Yu, National Consumer Law Center

The Treasury Offset program provides for collection of Federal debts through offset of Social Security benefits. One of the more common scenarios for hotline advocates involves clients who are facing garnishment of their Social Security benefit due to default on a student loan. In many cases, the senior may have guaranteed the loan for a child. The National Consumer Law Center, Justice in Aging, and the Center for Elder Rights Advocacy present a webinar regarding how to advise clients who are facing this significant problem. These cases present unique challenges for hotline attorneys due to the complexity of the rules governing beneficiaries seeking forgiveness of a Federal debt due to disability or other reasons. The webinar is particularly directed toward legal hotline advocates and managers.

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Event Date 07-28-2016 2:00 pm
Event End Date 07-28-2016 3:30 pm

Presenters: Crimmins, Ruben and Capehart

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Betsey Crimmins, Senior Attorney, Elder, Health, and Disability Unit, Greater Boston Legal Services

A.J. Ruben (center), Supervising Attorney, Disability Rights Vermont

Andrew Capehart, Assistant Director, National Adult Protective Services Association

It has been said that we cannot prosecute our way out of the problem of elder abuse. A myriad of complex legal issues arise from typical scenarios of elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation that are uniquely addressed by civil legal providers working in collaboration with APS and P&A attorneys. Legal remedies such as asset recovery, revoking PoAs, removal of abusive guardians, restoring public benefits, recession of property transactions, contracts and wills, housing fairness, and Olmstead remedies are at the very center of assuring the independence, safety, and financial security of older adult and people with disabilities who fall victim to elder abuse. This webinar will explore best practice models of collaborations between legal provider, adult protective services, and protection and advocacy networks in responding to the most difficult legal issues arising from elder abuse.

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Additional sponsorship for these Webinars are provided by a grant from the 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 06-30-2016 2:00 pm
Event End Date 06-30-2016 3:30 pm

Speakers: Marson, Wood and Stiegel

Presenters:
Daniel Marson
, J.D., Ph.D., Department of Neurology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

Erica Wood (center), Asstistant Director, American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging

Lori Stiegel, J.D., Senior Attorney, ABA Commission on Law & Aging

Incidences of elder abuse, exploitation, or other forms of mistreatment of older adults by family members, friends and other trusted adults, are on the increase. Uncovering and remedying elder abuse or exploitation often involves determining what an older person that may be experiencing cognitive decline understands or understood in the past. For example, signing a contract or other legal document which transfers significant legal rights may constitute exploitation if the person did not fully understand the transaction or comprehend the implications of what they were doing. This webinar will discuss the legal standards of capacity necessary for valid transactions involving wills, contracts, Powers of Attorney, and guardianship or conservatorship. Diminished cognitive capacity may contribute to an older adult's vulnerability to undue influence and other instrumentalities of elder abuse and exploitation. The speakers will discuss cognitive capacity, consent and undue influence.

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Additional sponsorship for these Webinars were provided by a grant from the Administration for Community Living. This webinar is part of a series of National Elder Rights Training Project webinars for the National Legal Resource Center.
Event Date 06-29-2016 2:00 pm
Event End Date 06-29-2016 3:30 pm
Naomi Karp and David Kirkman

Presenters:
Naomi Karp (Office of Older Americans, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)
David Kirkman (Consumer Protection Division, North Carolina Department of Justice)

Financial exploitation of older adults is the most common form of elder abuse and costs older adults billions of dollars each year. Victims are robbed of their resources, independence and dignity.
State and federal governments are often first responders and can play key roles in protecting older consumers. Government agencies have developed the expertise and tools to fight scammers, help victims, and make policy and practice recommendations to key stakeholders.
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 webinars for the National Legal Resource Center.

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Event Date 06-15-2016 2:00 pm
Event End Date 06-15-2016 3:30 pm
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 12-01-2015 2:00 pm
Event End Date 12-01-2015 3:00 pm
Event Date 11-24-2015 2:00 pm
Event End Date 11-24-2015 3:00 pm
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 09-22-2015 2:00 pm
Event End Date 09-22-2015 3:30 pm
Come and learn about the federal Lifeline program, which was established to ensure that low-income households are connected to the modern communication network. Learn about the importance of this program for elders and communities of color as the program, which focuses on helping households afford phone service, is in the midst of a "reboot" to include internet access. This session will cover the basics about the Lifeline program as well as the current rulemaking to modernize the program to include broadband service. We will also touch on other federal initiatives to connect low-income households, including elders and communities of color, to affordable, essential voice and internet service.

Speakers: Michael J. Scurato, Vice President, Policy (National Hispanic Media Coalition); Julie Nepveu, Sr. Attorney (AARP Foundation Litigation) and Olivia Wein, Lead Telecom Project Attorney (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 08-31-2015 2:00 pm
Event End Date 08-31-2015 3:30 pm
Event Date 05-21-2015 2:00 pm
Event End Date 05-21-2015 3:30 pm