Elder Law Sessions

July 13 10:00 am
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 10:00am

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.

Guest Speaker: Linda Stravalaci Grear, Esq. - Pfalzgraf Beinhauer Grear Harris Schuller LLP

PowerPoint Presentation

July 14 10:00 am
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - 10:00am

This presentation focuses on common scams and frauds targeting older adults, including warning signs, how to avoid becoming a victim, and where to seek help if you think you're a victim. There will be a special emphasis on COVID-related scams, as well as the latest twists on common telephone scams such as the "grandparent scam," the “Internal Revenue Service scam” and the "foreign lottery scam." The program will also cover issues such as identity theft, romance scams and Internet safety. Participants are provided with "do's" and "don'ts" to stay safe in their daily lives.

Guest Speaker: Gary S. Brown, Esq. - New York State Office of the Attorney General, Westchester Regional Office

July 20 10:00 am
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 10:00am

We will be delving into the foreclosure process as it currently stands and what to expect with all of the COVID moratoriums and restrictions that the state and federal governments put in place over the past year.

Guest Speakers: F. Alexander Fehrman, Esq. - Center for Elder Law & Justice and Tatiana Robinson, Esq. - Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority.

PowerPoint Presentation

July 21 10:00 am
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - 10:00am

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.

Guest Speaker: Jamie M. Smith, Esq. - Smith Vavonese, LLP

PowerPoint Presentation

July 27 10:00 am
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 - 10:00am

In New York, nursing homes are referred to by many names: skilled nursing facility, short-term rehabilitation facility, nursing facility, long-term care facility, and more. Every resident who is admitted into a nursing home, regardless whether it is for a short-term rehabilitation stay or long-term care, has the right to receive the care and quality of life services to attain and maintain their highest practicable physical, emotional, and psychosocial well-being. Our presentation will provide attendees the information needed to fully understand their rights, with a focus on: care planning, discharge planning, visitation, and staffing. Attendees will be provided the tools needed to effectively advocate for their rights and/or the rights of a loved one. Attendees will receive handouts with information on these rights that will reinforce the tools needed to effectively respond and where to turn for assistance.

Guest Speakers: Lindsay Heckler, Esq. - Center for Elder Law & Justice and Bria Lewis, Esq., Center for Elder Law & Justice

PowerPoint Presentation

July 28 10:00 am
Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - 10:00am

This presentation will focus on strategies to protect assets and shift the cost of long term care expenses to Medicaid. Attendees will be walked through the process of transferring assets to the healthy spouse or executing gift and note plans when it appears that nursing home care is imminent. The goal of this presentation is to dispel fears and reassure people that there are still options for those who have done no prior planning, regardless of the five year "lookback" for asset transfers.

Guest Speaker: Kelly R. Gusmano, Esq., Woods Oviatt Gilman, LLP

PowerPoint Presentation

August 3 10:00 am
Tuesday, August 3, 2021 - 10:00am

Resident Rights Basics and Stimulus Check FAQs:  Presenters will discuss rights and self-advocacy for nursing home/adult care facility residents, including resident rights specific to COVID stimulus checks, as well as how to obtain missing stimulus money and avoid stimulus check related financial exploitation. 

Guest Speakers: Erin L. Riker, Esq. - Center for Elder Law & Justice and Liam McMahon, Paralegal - Center for Elder Law & Justice

PowerPoint Presentation 

August 4 10:00 am
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 10:00am

This presentation will spotlight LGBTQ+ Older Adults.  In particular, it will highlight some of the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ Older Adults, the tremendous social change to which they have contributed, and some of the commonly-occurring legal issues they face, and how to address those.

Guest Speaker: Christopher Phillips, Esq. - Center for Elder Law & Justice 

PowerPoint Presentation

August 10 10:00 am
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - 10:00am

This presentation will have a focus on grandparent and other kinship caregivers who are caring for children. This will also provide information on how the courts have adjusted and adapted to operating while complying with new state regulations regarding social distancing and other factors, while also ensuring the community have access to justice.

Guest Speakers: Sara Hedden, Esq. - Center for Elder Law & Justice and Deonna Jones, Esq. - Center for Elder Law & Justice

PowerPoint Presentation

August 11 10:00 am
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 10:00am

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.

Guest Speaker: Kelly Barrett Sarama, Esq. - Center for Elder Law & Justice

PowerPoint Presentation


August 17 10:00 am
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - 10:00am

This presentation will go into detail on the recent changes to the New York State Power of Attorney law as well as helpful tips and suggestions if you are considering signing a Power of Attorney document.

Guest Speakers: Kevin Quinn, Esq. - Center for Elder Law & Justice and Edward Robinson, Esq. - Hurwitz & Fine, P.C.

PowerPoint Presentation

August 18 10:00 am
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 - 10:00am

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.

Guest Speakers: Katelyn Gindele, Esq. - Center for Elder Law & Justice and Tracey Casseus, Paralegal - Center Elder Law & Justice

PowerPoint Presentation




Phone: (716) 858-8526

Erie County Department of Senior Services
95 Franklin Street, 13th Floor
Buffalo, New York 14202

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Phone Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm