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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Event Date Tuesday, 22 September 2015
Event End Date Tuesday, 22 September 2015
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.
Event Date Monday, 31 August 2015
Event End Date Monday, 31 August 2015
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. 
Event Date Thursday, 23 July 2015
Event End Date Thursday, 23 July 2015
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)

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Event Date Wednesday, 22 July 2015
Event End Date Wednesday, 22 July 2015
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).

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Event Date Wednesday, 24 June 2015
Event End Date Wednesday, 24 June 2015
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 (, 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. 
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Event Date Thursday, 28 May 2015
Event End Date Thursday, 28 May 2015