Case Consultations

NCLER provides free case consultation assistance for attorneys and professionals seeking more information to help older adults. Topics can include: Advance Planning, Elder Abuse, Guardianship, Health/LTSS, Economic Security, Supported Decision-Making, Consumer Protection, and Housing. Please contact NCLER@acl.hhs.gov for assistance.

National Legal Training Curriculum

NCLER offers a National Legal Training Curriculum to the legal and aging network. Trainings are offered in eight areas: Health and Long-Term Services and Supports, Economic Security, Advance Planning, Supported Decision-Making, Guardianship. Elder Abuse, Consumer Protection, and Housing. Legal Basics Training occurs on the second Tuesday of the month at 11am PT/2pm ET; Advanced/Hot Topics Training occurs on the third Wednesday of the month at 11am PT/2pm ET. Each basics training is accompanied by a Chapter Summary while an Issue Brief supplements each advanced training. Written materials are available for download below.


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Recent/Upcoming Trainings

WEBINAR:Legal Basics - Elder Financial Exploitation

By Emma Messore | NCLER, WEBINAR
Tuesday, January 9th, at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

Elder financial exploitation costs victims, families, governments, and businesses more than $2.9 billion annually and affects millions of older adults. Every legal advocate needs a basic understanding of what financial exploitation is and how to recognize, prevent, and respond to it effectively.

Participants in the webinar, Legal Basics- Elder Financial Exploitation, will obtain a basic understanding of the following, along with helpful action tools:

  • Types of elder financial exploitation and its extent & cost
  • Victim characteristics
  • Detection tools
  • Action steps & ethical issues and
  • Remedies and system change opportunities.

Closed captioning will be available on this webinar. A link with access to the captions will be shared through GoToWebinar’s chat box shortly before the webinar start time.

Presenters:
Charles Sabatino, Director, ABA Commission on Law and Aging
David Godfrey, Senior Attorney, ABA Commission on Law and Aging

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WEBINAR: Targeting OAA Legal Services to Those in Greatest Need

By Emma Messore | NCLER, WEBINAR
Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET

Following the 1965 enactment of the Older Americans Act (OAA), and in recognition of the limits of OAA resources, Congress increasingly directed that they be targeted to those with greatest social or economic need. At the same time, Congress was clear that means testing is prohibited, raising a dilemma of how to target effectively without means testing.

How can this dilemma be addressed? Join us for this free webinar, Targeting OAA Legal Services to Those in Greatest Need without Means Testing to find out. Essential topics to be addressed include:

  • OAA targeting requirements
  • What is means testing, and what is prohibited and what is allowed
  • Practical steps that states, Legal Assistance Developers (LADs), Area Agencies on Aging, legal providers and others can take jointly to achieve targeting:
  • Identifying specific groups to be targeted
  • Establishing priority issue areas
  • Undertaking strategic outreach
  • Practicing cultural competence
  • Recognizing and addressing challenges in targeting

An Issue Brief will be released with the webinar.

Presenter:
Penelope Hommel, Co-Director, The Center for Social Gerontology

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WEBINAR: Residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Loans

By Emma Messore | NCLER, WEBINAR
Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs offer loans for energy-efficient home improvements, such as solar panels, HVAC systems, and energy efficient windows. PACE loans are offered through home improvement contractors and collected through a property tax assessment, which creates a tax lien that has priority over any existing mortgage. PACE programs must be authorized by state and local governments, but PACE programs are privately run with little or no government oversight.

Advocates in California have seen a sharp increase in homeowners harmed by PACE, particularly among older adults. There have been numerous complaints that home improvement contractors are selling unnecessary and unwanted home improvements through misrepresentation and in some cases outright fraud. Because these loans often carry high interest rates but have weaker underwriting than traditional mortgages, they increase the risk of foreclosure for cash-strapped homeowners. For older adults, they may also create a barrier to efforts to age in place or transition to more suitable housing.

An Issue Brief will be released with the webinar.

Presenter:
Andrew Pizor, National Consumer Law Center

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Legal Services Development

NCLER provides training and technical services to states and programs working to improve legal services development. This resource support is designed to enhance the quality, cost effectiveness, and accessibility of legal assistance and elder rights programs provided to older persons with the greatest social or economic need.

NCLER has produced a two-part webinar series exploring the key aspects of the Legal Assistance Developer (LAD) role and detailing how LADs can significantly strengthen their state’s legal delivery system. In the first webinar, Legal Assistance Developer 101 , presenters explore the LAD role, including how LADs can target legal assistance to those who need it most and how to prioritize the most critical issues for legal help. In Legal Assistance Developer 102 , the presenters take a deeper dive into the LAD’s role in developing Statewide Standards. The webinars are accompanied by an issue brief on Developing State Standards of Delivery (PDF 86kb) and an issue brief on legal Capacity Assessment (PDF 121kb).