February 1, 2008
Assisting elderly clients and minors
Many aging citizens reach a point in life when they are no longer able to cope with managing personal, financial, or health affairs. They are at risk for continued good health or asset preservation, including physical abuse or financial exploitation. Attorneys who are faced with an aging clientele, family, neighbors, and friends who need assistance will want to attend Guardianships: Where to Begin and How to Maintain sponsored by the Franklin County Probate Court on Monday, February 18 from 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m., when the courts will be closed in observance of President’s Day.
This seminar will address the mechanics of guardianship proceedings, agency programs available, and alternatives to guardianship, allowing the attorney to assist as a friend or legal advisor to those unable to care for themselves, whether minors or adults.
Judge Lawrence A. Belskis will discuss who needs a guardianship (minor or incompetent adults); what incompetent means; what is the Court’s role; types of guardianships (plenary, interim, limited, emergency); and beginning the guardianship process.
Dr. Sheila Faryman, an internist and gerontologist, will cover common misconceptions about care for the nursing home patient; how to achieve an effective and comprehensive visit with your ward and physician; and recommended well-person care for the older patient.
Attorney John K. Everett will address attorneys performing as professional guardians, including referrals; investigation; determining the need for guardian or a lesser, restrictive alternative; preparing documents and filing; the hearing; and post appointment and file workup.
Melanie Cooley, LSW, will tackle the thorny topic of elder abuse and how Adult Protective Services may assist the attorney if abuse is an issue, while Gloria Woodard of the US Department of Veterans Affairs will help in accessing VA benefits for your ward.
Finally, William J. Browning of Browning & Meyer will help the attorney understand Medicaid basics for indigent or near-indigent guardianships.
Register online by clicking here, or phone 614/221.4112 for event #3774. The cost is $40 prepaid/$55 day of for members, $80 prepaid/$95 day of for non-members and $30 prepaid/$45 day of for paralegals.