The Center for Elder Law & Justice is partnering with the Erie County Department of Senior Services to host the 20th Annual Elder Law Day—with a new twist. This year’s presentations and consultations will be held virtually, over a period of two months. This collaboration is designed to provide information on legal issues affecting older adults to assist them in making informed choices about their health, financial well-being, and long term health care needs. All presentations are from 10am-11am (with one exception, noted below). Click on the link to register on the Erie County website. Brief, free legal consultations are available to registered Elder Law Day Summer Series participants. After registering, e-mail ELD@elderjusticeny.org or call (716) 853-3087 x 267 to sign up for your time slot. The number of consultations will be limited to the first 150 people who register.
July 15th: “Medicaid Basics and Upcoming Changes” by Kelly Barrett Sarama, Esq. (Center for Elder Law & Justice)
This session will cover the basic eligibility requirements and coverage for Medicaid, with a focus on the Disabled, Aged, Blind eligibility category. We will also highlight recent changes enacted through the New York State budget, and particular issues to pay attention to in light of the pandemic.
July 22nd: “Basic Estate Planning and Advanced Directives,” by Linda Stravalaci Grear, Esq. (Pfalzgraf, Beinhauer & Menzies, LLP)
Join Attorney Linda Stravalaci Grear for an overview of estate planning and advanced directives, including wills, health care proxies, power of attorney, supplemental needs trusts for special needs individuals, funeral arrangements, estate taxes, and Medicaid planning.
July 29th: “The Benefits of Irrevocable and Pooled Trusts”, by Jamie Smith, Esq. (Smith Vavonese, LLP)
The purpose of this webinar is to educate older adults, caregivers and service providers on the benefits of Irrevocable Trusts and utilizing a Pooled Trust to help individuals remain in the community. Participants will learn how seniors can benefit from using both kinds of trusts, depending on their individual financial situation. The goal is for participants to come away with an understanding of Irrevocable and Pooled Trusts in order to be able to better serve clients, family members and themselves.
August 5th:“Elder Abuse: What it is, and what is being done to stop this growing problem,” by Sarah Duval, Esq., Kathy Kanaley (Center for Elder Law & Justice), and Holly Tucker (Erie County Domestic Violence Bureau)
This presentation will review the signs and symptoms of elder abuse and what to watch out for. Presenters will discuss resources, what organizations do with cases of elder abuse, and how seniors and community members can be advocates to prevent and fight exploitation. A general primer on financial exploitation will be provided, including an overview of Power of Attorney, fiduciary duty, and what different agencies can/cannot do with cases.
August 12th: "COVID-related scams,” by Sarah Galvan, Esq.(Justice in Aging)
August 19th *at 12 Noon* "Kinship Care," by Sarah Hedden, Esq. (Center for Elder Law & Justice) and Hon. Kevin Carter (Erie County Family Court)
August 26th: “Know your rights when you enter a skilled nursing facility for short-term rehabilitation (Coronavirus edition),” by Lindsay Heckler, Esq. (Center for Elder Law & Justice)
New York nursing homes are referred to by many names: skilled nursing facility, rehabilitation facility, nursing facility. Regardless of the name and the public’s perception, each is a nursing home, and each is required to provide short-term care and long-term care. The most common entry into a nursing home is from the hospital for ‘short-term rehabilitation’ after an individual suffers a fall or another medical event and has been hospitalized. Problems arise when a resident exhausts their Medicare coverage for short-term rehabilitation, otherwise does not qualify for Medicare, are not “improving”, and/or are told they need “long-term care”. In addition, many nursing home residents and their families do not necessarily realize they have rights and options. Our presentation will provide attendees information needed to fully understand their rights and options when they enter a nursing home for “short-term rehab.” Attendees will be provided the tools needed to effectively respond to nursing home staff when the resident and/or family is told: you need long-term care; Medicare will not pay because you are not improving; or you have exhausted your Medicare coverage. Attendees will receive handouts with information on these rights that will reinforce the tools they will gain to effectively respond and where to turn for assistance.
September 2nd: "Veterans Benefits," by Anthony Kuhn, Esq. (Tully Rinckey PLLC)
September 9th: “Asset Protection Planning for Long Term Care Expenses,” by Kelly Gusmano, (Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP)
The Conversation project is a national public engagement campaign dedicated to educating the community on the importance of having advance care planning discussions and filling out advance directives. Advance care planning can help people close to you and those caring for you to know what quality of life you would want before a health crisis occurs. Having the conversation about your wishes for future care will help to make sure your end-of-life wishes are expressed and respected. This will also help the person you choose as your healthcare proxy to feel more comfortable about the decisions they make on your behalf. Participants will have access to The Conversation Project Starter kit and a pocket-sized health care proxy form. The Conversation Project hopes to give you a place to start the conversation around advanced care planning, whether you are getting ready to tell someone else what you want, or you want to help someone else get ready to share their wishes.
September 23rd: "Landlord-Tenant Law in the Year 2020” by Tatiana Robinson, Esq. (Center for Elder Law & Justice)
This presentation will cover general landlord/tenant law with an emphasis on highlighting tenant protections, featuring a section on pertinent matters relating to the coronavirus pandemic.
September 30th: “Guardianship for Incapacitated Persons,” by Robert Friedman, Esq. (Freidman & Ranzenhofer PC)