Second Annual Elder Law Institute
Denis Culley, the staff attorney for the Legal Services for the Elderly, in Augusta, ME, will speak before and after lunch at the Second Annual Elder Law Institute, June 20 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Blue Springs, and June 21 at the Doubletree St. Louis - Westport. Denis has spoken at many national events and is considered an expert on dealing with financial exploitation.
On the Maine Legal Services for the Elderly (“LSE”) website, http://mainelse.org/content/client-stories, the following illustrates an example of how financial exploitation works and what can be done about it:
Mary, a 75-year old widow, owned a home on several acres. She receives Social Security but did not have enough money to buy food and heating oil. Though she has several children, one son who lives near her handled her money. Mary's daughters who live in northern Maine visited her mid-winter and discovered that Mary was unable to heat her house and had no food in her home. Mary told her daughters during their visit that her son was planning to sell her house. They encouraged Mary to call LSE for assistance.
LSE reviewed Mary's financial records and discovered that her son was giving her only a portion of her Social Security benefits and that he had stolen over $100,000 from her over several years. LSE recovered some of her money and also helped Mary appoint her two daughters jointly to handle her finances, with court supervision, so that the court must approve any sale of Mary's property. Mary continues to live in her home and has adequate money to pay her living costs.
Any Elder Law attorney practicing in Missouri should offer services to people dealing with elder abuse or abuse of the disabled. Everything from directly intervening on behalf of our clients to coordinating with investigators of the Department of Health and Senior Services and working with prosecutors and law enforcement is particularly important because of the vulnerability of our clients and their fear of pursuing efforts to stop or remedy the abuse and exploitation.
Other sessions during the day will feature recent developments in Elder Law, planning for assets such as farms and annuities, the basics of fair hearings, estate recovery, and the tax implications of irrevocable trusts. This program does not inform new practitioners about how to “do” elder law but should be attended by all who practice in this area as to issues of which practitioners must be aware.
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