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Elder Law and Guardianship
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"Tangential relationships" for which an estate and trust attorney may have to develop a plan often include committed couples and new spouses of the same gender. But property issues or claims may arise out of tangential relationships as diverse as children born as the result of nontraditional reproductive technology to employer-employee matters. Explore how to negate some relationships, establish others, and provide for those that exist in law or in fact. more »
Session 1: Advising Clients Nearing 65 - Turning 65 can be a watershed event in our client's lives. They face many decisions about retirement, concerning Medicare, Social Security, and estate planning. Get tips to help you prepare to advise your clients about some of these important decisions.
Session 2: After 65: Second Chances for Inheritance and Long-Term Care Planning - Address planning options that become unavailable or difficult after age 65 and some of the valuable options for planning that remain available. Key planning options include planning by parents and other family, as well as the modification of wills and trusts to improve beneficial interests. more »
PLEASE NOTE: To claim Texas Guardianship Ad Litem credit, you must complete the entire course. At the end of the course, download the guardianship accreditation documentation (found here) as you claim your general MCLE credit and submit the affidavit to the State Bar of Texas.
Session 1: Role of the Guardian - Examine the duties and responsibilities of a guardian under Texas law and guardianship administration, from initiation to closing, including the code requirements of selling and leasing property, ethical issues, and more.
Session 2: Role of the Ad Litem - An overview of the responsibilities of the attorney ad litem and guardian ad litem in guardianship proceedings with an emphasis on practical application of the statutes, conduct in uncontested and contested proceedings, and pointers on applications for fees. The materials include numerous checklists, comprehensive references, and forms.
Session 3: Alternatives to Guardianship and Supports and Services - An examination of strategies on how to limit or obviate the need to create a guardianship.
Session 4: Practical Ways for Guardians and Caregivers to Prevent Scams and Exploitation - Hear a review of the most recurring scams targeting the elderly. Listen to a discussion about legal recourses available for preventing an elderly individual from losing their entire estate to a scam.
Session 5: The Conundrums: When Guardianship Administration Turns Into Litigation - Make note of litigation matters that can arise relating to the administration and settlement of a guardianship estate including, divorce, child support, turn over, breaches of fiduciary duty, and more. more »
Session 1: Heirship Determination - Listen to a discussion regarding issues involving heirship determination with or without an administration.
Session 2: The State of Texas Unclaimed Property Program: Come and Get It - Highlight facts about the agency program and discuss best practices for probate attorneys to advise their clients about unclaimed property. Gain insights into the duty of executors/administrators to escheat unclaimed probated funds to the State, steps elderly clients should take to avoid property being deemed abandoned and reported to the Comptroller as unclaimed property, and the claims process for individuals both before and after death. more »
Session 1: Medicaid-Friendly Estate Planning - Listen to a discussion about forms and strategies for preparing your clients (and sometimes their parents and children) to protect assets in case the need for long-term care arises. Forms will be provided and explained for Lady Bird Deeds, Transfer on Death Deeds, Revocable Trust as Grantee (of either type deed), and Medicaid-Friendly Contingent Trust.
Session 2: View from the HHSC - Hear the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) address current issues in long-term care Medicaid eligibility. more »
Session 1: Understanding Public Benefits Affecting the Elderly - Paying for care, medications, and deductibles is a challenge for many older adults. Find out how Long-Term Care Medicaid (nursing home and home care), Medicare, Medicare Savings Programs (QMB, SLMB, QI-1) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can increase the quality of life for your clients. Learn about these benefits and their eligibility requirements, and gain useful practice tips.
Session 2: Medicaid Update - Learn the latest developments in Medicaid law, including how "block grants" and other proposed changes may affect their practices. Estate planners who are not Medicaid specialists will acquire essential Medicaid-related forms including Qualified Income Trusts, Lady Bird Deeds, Transfer on Death Deeds, LBD/TOD Grantee Trusts and Third-Party Supplemental Needs Trusts.
Session 3: In Quest of the Perfect Medicaid Application - Although it may not be possible to guarantee that every Medicaid application will be accepted upon the first filing, learn time-tested tips to improve the odds.
Session 4: Powers of Attorney: Best Practices and Provisions - A discussion of suggested solutions to potential issues when drafting powers of attorney, including avoiding potential exploitation, dealing with financial institutions and title companies, attorney-client privilege when representing the agent named in a power of attorney and other timely issues.
Session 5: Defensive Case Management for Elder Law Attorneys - Learn a systematic approach to capturing data and using the system to defend against attempts by your clients' family members who want to involve you in disputes they have with other family members. more »
Session 1: The Collision Between Real Estate and Elder Law - Elder law and real estate attorneys prepare documents from different points of view and for different purposes. Explore the different perspectives and learn to solve issues that can arise when dealing with these differences.
Session 2: Dealing with Mineral Rights: A Practitioners Guide to Oil and Gas - Learn the basics of oil and gas, including mineral rights, royalties, and executive rights, while dealing with Texas issues and problems in probate, trust, elder care, and other areas.
Session 3: Drafting Wills and Trusts for Efficient Administration - Hear a panel of corporate trustee's discuss how they administer the wills and trusts we draft and what they would like to see in our documents. Learn what to do if a beneficiary is pushing too much.
Session 4: She Updated Her Forms, and You Won’t BELIEVE What Happens Next - The legislature meets, a judge writes an opinion, and — OMG! We have new laws to deal with! Find out the SEVEN things you NEED to add to your forms RIGHT NOW!
Session 5: 10 Pesky Probate Problems - Hear 10 tips for new (and not so new) practitioners addressing various problems which arise during the probate process, such as dealing with collection agencies, taking control of estate property from those without authority, properly allocating rights and liabilities associated with jointly owned property, dealing with the IRS, and other “pesky” problems.
Session 6: Probate Procedures & Alternatives - A discussion of whom you represent, fee considerations, options and alternatives to probating a will, what to consider when there is no will, what to look for when reviewing a will, the mechanics of getting to the probate hearing, default and lost will issues, and issues in administering a simple estate. Comprehensive forms will also be provided.
Session 7: Deed Drafting in Estate Planning and Probate Contexts - Using the correct deed for a client is essential to prevent future problems. Distinguish the various deeds and which deed is correct in the estate planning or probate context.
Session 8: Individual Fiduciaries Gone Wild - Executors, trustees, and other fiduciaries own the highest duties known to law and are held to strict standards of conduct. Explore the inherent risks of serving as an executor or trustee and hear suggestions for fiduciary risk management, defending breach of fiduciary duty claims, and related causes of action. Hear tips for advising clients on the appointment fiduciaries in an attempt to avoid future fiduciary litigation. more »
Session 1: Legislative Update - Hear an update on Texas estate and trust legislation, including probate, guardianships, trusts, powers of attorney, and other related matters.
Session 2: Morals From the Courthouse: A Study of Recent Texas Cases Impacting the Wills, Probate, and Trust Practice - Hear a discussion about recent judicial developments relating to the Texas law of intestacy, wills, estate administration, trusts, and other estate planning matters. more »
Congress is a sizzling moving target in 2017, and the federal Department of Health and Human Services has a new Secretary, Dr. Tom Price. Listen to a discussion about the winds of change, including a fundamental shift in the Medicaid funding process, potential cuts in state services, and Medicaid eligibility criteria changes. Also, hear an update on ABLE, the Special Needs Trusts Fairness Act, and the ACA Reform and its impact on Elder Law—don’t miss it! more »
Session 1: Medicaid Update - Learn the latest developments in Medicaid law, including how "block grants" and other proposed changes may affect their practices. Estate planners who are not Medicaid specialists will acquire essential Medicaid-related forms including Qualified Income Trusts, Lady Bird Deeds, Transfer on Death Deeds, LBD/TOD Grantee Trusts and Third-Party Supplemental Needs Trusts.
Session 2: Medicaid: The View from the HHSC - Hear the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) address current issues in long-term care Medicaid eligibility. more »
Session 1: Drafting Wills and Trusts for Efficient Administration - Hear a panel of corporate trustee's discuss how they administer the wills and trusts we draft and what they would like to see in our documents. Learn what to do if a beneficiary is pushing too much.
Session 2: She Updated Her Forms, and You Won’t BELIEVE What Happens Next - The legislature meets, a judge writes an opinion, and — OMG! We have new laws to deal with! Find out the SEVEN things you NEED to add to your forms RIGHT NOW! more »