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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Read the 2018 training syllabus here.


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Recent/Upcoming Trainings

WEBCAST: Nursing Home-to-Community Transitions: Success through Collaborative Advocacy

By Emma Messore | NCLER, WEBINAR
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET

In the past decade, over 75,000 individuals have transitioned from a nursing home back to the community through the Money Follows the Person program. Individuals who return to the community report significant and lasting improvements to quality of life.

In this webcast, presenters will explore the barriers and legal issues that attorneys and Long-Term Care Ombudsmen (LTCO) confront when assisting clients with this transition. Presenters will explore the challenges raised by residents with diminished capacities, how person-centered planning rules can empower residents in the transition process, and strategies to keep or acquire affordable housing while in a nursing home, particularly for residents with prior evictions or bad credit histories. The presenters will also discuss effective Medicaid waiver strategies that support nursing home transitions.

With an emphasis on effective attorney and LTCO collaboration, the webinar will highlight examples of successful advocacy to achieve positive results for older adults needing long-term services and supports.
Closed captioning will be available on this webcast. A link with access to the captions will be shared through GoToWebinar’s chat box shortly before the webcast start time.

Presenters: Gwen Orlowski, Central Jersey Legal Services
Amy Brown, New Jersey’s Choose Home Program

An issue brief will be released with the webinar.

Note: This training will be presented in a WEBCAST format to accommodate more participants. Due to the high volume of participants, computer audio will be the only option to listen to the presentation. No telephone call-in number will be provided. Please plan accordingly. Thank you.


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WEBCAST: Legal Basics- Protecting Older Adults Against Fraudulent Schemes and Scams

By Emma Messore | NCLER, WEBINAR
Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET

With savings and assets accumulated over a lifetime, older adults are attractive targets for individuals promoting fraudulent schemes and scams. Scammers use deception, misrepresentation and threats to convince older adults to send money or provide personal financial information. Most frauds and scams go unreported.

This webcast will provide an overview of the frauds and scams aimed at older adults, discuss legal protections, and provide resources to aid older adults defrauded by the individuals and business that promote these scams. The webcast will also focus on efforts by the Federal Trade Commission to prevent older adults from falling victim to these scams.
Closed captioning will be available on this webcast. A link with access to the captions will be shared through GoToWebinar’s chat box shortly before the webcast start time.

Presenters:
Odette Williamson, Staff Attorney, National Consumer Law Center
Lisa Weintraub Schifferle, Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, Federal Trade Commission

An issue brief will be released with the webinar.

Note: This training will be presented in a WEBCAST format to accommodate more participants. Due to the high volume of participants, computer audio will be the only option to listen to the presentation. No telephone call-in number will be provided. Please plan accordingly. Thank you.


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WEBCAST: Drafting Advance Planning Documents to Reduce the Risk of Abuse or Exploitation

By Emma Messore | NCLER, WEBINAR
Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

In 2016, Medicare began reimbursing physicians for counseling beneficiaries about advance-care planning. At around the same time, Health Affairs released a study finding that only one-third of older adults have completed any health care planning documents. For attorneys counseling older adults, completing advance planning documents is just one part of care planning. Drafting these documents in a way that reduces the risk of abuse and exploitation is a critical component of providing good counsel.

This webcast will discuss ways to work with clients to select lower-risk agents, tools to document and communicate health care values, and tips for drafting documents to reduce the risk of exploitation.
Closed captioning will be available on this webcast. A link with access to the captions will be shared through GoToWebinar’s chat box shortly before the webcast start time.

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

An issue brief will be released with the webinar.

Note: This training will be presented in a WEBCAST format to accommodate more participants. Due to the high volume of participants, computer audio will be the only option to listen to the presentation. No telephone call-in number will be provided. Please plan accordingly. Thank you.


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WEBCAST: Legal Basics- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Resources

By Emma Messore | NCLER, WEBINAR
Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based program with strict limits and complicated rules related to resources. To be eligible, an individual or couple must have countable resources that are no more than the resource limit, so it is important to understand what resources count and how the transfer of resources is treated for SSI purposes.

As part of our series of Basics trainings, participants in this free webcast will learn about SSI resource limits and rules, including: how “excess” resources can lead to benefit ineligibility, suspension, or termination from the SSI program; the resource transfer penalty and ways to avoid it; and other strategies for addressing common resource issues.
Closed captioning will be available on this webcast. A link with access to the captions will be shared through GoToWebinar’s chat box shortly before the webcast start time.

Presenters:
Tracey Gronniger, Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging
Jenny Chung Mejia, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging

An issue brief will be released with the webinar.

Note: This training will be presented in a WEBCAST format to accommodate more participants. Due to the high volume of participants, computer audio will be the only option to listen to the presentation. No telephone call-in number will be provided. Please plan accordingly. Thank you.


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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).

In January 2018, NCLER produced an Issue Brief alongside a webinar on Targeting OAA Legal Services to Those in Greatest Need. Read the Issue Brief [link], view the recording [link], and download the slides [link].

In Feburary 2018, NCLER produced a webinar on the Essential Role of the Legal Assistance Developer. Watch the webinar, Read the Issue Brief, and download the slides.