February 15, 2008
Attorneys as professional guardians
John K. Everett, a practicing attorney for the past 37 years, will be presenting the topic “Attorneys Performing as Professional Guardians” for the seminar “Guardianships: Where to Begin and How to Maintain” sponsored by the Franklin County Probate Court at the Columbus Bar on Monday, February 18 from 1:30–4:45 p.m. for 3.0 CLE hours of credit when the courts are closed in observance of President’s Day. Mr. Everett, currently a sole practitioner, serves as a professional fiduciary, especially guardianships, an area that has grown to comprise the majority of his practice.
About his presentation, Mr. Everett relates, “My material and presentation is designed to give the audience some insight into how best to perform the guardian's duties from the standpoint of an attorney - guardian. It is based on my experiences having performed in this capacity for the last 20 years.”
“I begin with the proper frame of mind and how to use attorney skills to one's benefit. I then proceed to the referral and make suggestions as to the proper beginning of the case. The topics which are discussed cover ethics of which the attorney needs to be mindful and procedures which will help the attorney to be thorough, expedient and prepared for what he or she will face if appointed. I will also cover the proper course the case will take and give hints to help the attorney-guardian stay up to speed with the ward's needs. I try to follow the case thru to termination.”
Mr. Everett’s handouts include many useful forms, some which he has created. He concludes, “My objective is to entice the attorneys to think about what they do and be organized, efficient and productive in creating their own practice and to serve the court and the public. Hopefully it will be helpful.”
Other topics and speakers for this seminar include Franklin County Probate Judge Lawrence A. Belskis presenting Opening the Guardianship; Dr. Sheila Faryman discussing Talking with the Doctor; Melanie Cooley, LSW speaking about Adult Protective Services; and Gloria Woodard informing attendees regarding Veteran’s Affairs. Refreshments will be provided by CBS Agency, Inc.
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.