Elder Law Sessions

July 15 10:00 am
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 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.

Click here to view the Medicaid Eligibility FAQ as mentioned in the video

Guest Speaker: Kelly Barrett Sarama, Esq., Supervising Attorney at the Center for Elder Law & Justice

July 22 10:00 am
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 10:00am

Will include an overview of topics including Wills, Supplemental Needs Trusts, Funeral Planning, Health Care Proxies/Living Wills, Powers of Attorney, Tax Exemptions, Estate Tax Planning, Medicaid Planning and Asset Protection, and Burial Expenses.

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Guest Speaker: Linda Grear, Esq. Pfalzgraf, Beinhauer & Menzies LLP

July 29 10:00 am
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 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.

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

August 5 10:00 am
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 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 currently do with cases of elder abuse, and how seniors and community members can be advocates to prevent and fight exploitation. A general signs and symptoms primer on financial exploitation will be provided, including an overview of Power of Attorney, fiduciary duty, and what different agencies can and cannot do with cases.

Guest Speakers: Sarah Duval, Esq., Supervising Attorney at the Center for Elder Law & Justice Holly Tucker, Esq., Chief of the Domestic Violence Bureau at the Erie County District Attorney's Office Kathy Kanaley, Social Worker for the Center for Elder Law & Justice

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August 12 10:00 am
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 10:00am

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in scams, particularly those related to stimulus payments, fake vaccines and cures, and other similar schemes. This session will help participants recognize these scams and will share strategies for avoiding and reporting them. Presenters will also share updates on local and federal agency resources on scam prevention.

Guest Speakers: Sarah Galvan, Esq., Center for Elder Law & Justice Sarah Duval, Esq., Justice in Aging

Click here to view the Powerpoint presentation that was shown in this session

August 19 12:00 pm
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 12:00pm

Will present on custody and visitation during these unprecedented times. This presentation will have a focus on grandparent and other kinship caregivers who are caring for children. Judge Carter 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 has access to justice. Guest Speakers: Hon. Kevin Carter, Chief Judge of Family Court for the Eighth Judicial District Sarah Hedden, Esq., Supervising Attorney of the Kinship Unit at the Center for Elder Law & Justice


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August 26 10:00 am
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 10:00am

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. Guest Speaker: Lindsay Heckler, Esq., Center for Elder Law & Justice

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September 2 10:00 am
Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 10:00am

A general discussion including the Department of Veterans Affairs service-connected compensation, the process for accreditation and for being recognized as the veteran’s representative, as well as the process for applying for service-connected compensation. A majority of this discussion will focus on the procedure and strategy for appealing a service-connected compensation decision. Guest Speaker: Anthony Kuhn, Esq., Tully Rinckey PLLC


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September 9 10:00 am
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 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 Gusmano Esq., Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP


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September 16 10:00 am
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 10:00am

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. Guest Speakers: Sandra Lauer Dr. Katie Grimm (ECMC)


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September 23 10:00 am
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 10:00am

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.

Guest Speaker: Tatiana Robinson, Esq., Center for Elder Law & Justice

September 30 10:00 am
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 10:00am

Robert Friedman draws on 41 years of legal experience to explain Mental Hygiene Article 81 Guardianships for Incapacitated Persons, alternatives to guardianships, how guardianships prevent elder abuse, guardianships in Medicaid planning and more in this highly-anticipated presentation and conclusion of the Elder Law Day Summer Series. Guest Speaker: Robert Friedman, Esq., Friedman & Ranzenhofer PC


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