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: 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.


READ THE ISSUE BRIEF (137kb) DOWNLOAD THE POWERPOINT (305kb) Watch the webinar
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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.


READ THE CHAPTER SUMMARY (134 kB) DOWNLOAD THE POWERPOINT (272 kb) Watch the webinar
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WEBCAST: Understanding Durable Medical Equipment (DME)

By Emma Messore | NCLER, WEBINAR
Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET

Durable Medical Equipment (DME) describes the equipment and supports an individual needs to help with health issues. Unfortunately, people commonly face complications in accessing DME, especially if they are dual eligible individuals. Participants in this free webcast, Understanding Durable Medical Equipment, will learn about:

  • DME coverage through Medicare and Medicaid
  • The coordination between the two programs
  • Practice tips and solutions to help clients who are denied access to DME services

This webcast is part of NCLER’s Advanced Legal Training series. For the Legal Basics of Medicare and Medicaid, please visit the NCLER webpage to access previous training materials.
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 Georgia Burke, Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging
Denny Chan, 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.


READ THE ISSUE BRIEF (96kb) DOWNLOAD THE POWERPOINT (223kb) Watch the webinar
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WEBCAST: Legal Basics- Medicaid Appeals

By Emma Messore | NCLER, WEBINAR
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET

Medicaid applicants or recipients must receive written notice whenever a state Medicaid agency or managed care plan denies, reduces, terminates, suspends or limits services, and they have a right to appeal the adverse action. Legal aid advocates play a critical role helping older adults navigate the appeal process, representing clients in fair hearings, and ensuring their rights are protected.
In this this free webcast, Legal Basics: Medicaid Appeals, participants will obtain a basic understanding of the following:

  • Due process protections in Medicaid;
  • Appeals processes and types of Medicaid decisions that can be appealed; and
  • Common challenges faced in Medicaid appeals and strategies to address them.

This Legal Basics training builds on previous Medicaid webinars in the NCLER webinar series: Medicaid 101 and Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports. Participants are encouraged to review these materials prior to the Medicaid Appeals training.
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:
Eric Carlson, Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging
Jennifer Goldberg, Directing 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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WEBCAST: Legal Skills- Issue Spotting, Referrals & Intake

By Emma Messore | NCLER, WEBINAR
Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. PT / 12:00 p.m. ET.

Join us for NCLER’s first Legal Skills webcast training! The Skills-Based training series is designed for non-attorney advocates, new attorneys, attorneys who are new to working with older adults, and their supervisors. Each training will provide practical tools needed to effectively represent older clients.

The first Legal Skills webcast covers legal issue spotting, intake, and referrals. Advocates who employ legal issue spotting skills are able to provide more holistic services to their clients, by recognizing the underlying causes of larger problems, and identifying systemic issues. By identifying hidden legal issues, attorneys and non-attorney advocates can better connect older adults with the legal services needed to improve health, economic security, and well-being.

This session will offer guidance and practice tips for recognizing and classifying legal issues faced by older adults, with a focus on spotting elder abuse, income issues, and health care issues. The presenters will also share best practices for intake systems and discuss developing an effective referral network.

Webcast participants will also receive practice tips and screening guides. The materials will be available at ncler.acl.gov.
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:
Sarah Galvan, Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging
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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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.