LAW 664-03 Elder Law

This course will follow the course of a typical elder law representation. Initially, the course introduces students to the social, emotional, family, and financial contexts of aging. Thereafter, the course prepares students to identify the client, define the representation, plan for incapacity, anticipate nursing home care and eligibility for benefits, and design an appropriate estate plan. Topics of special focus will include: ethical issues specific to the practice of elder law, client capacity, health care proxies and guardianship, powers of attorney and conservatorship, nursing home institutionalization, planning for Medicaid eligibility, and estate planning. Other topics to be discussed will include estate, gift, and income tax issues, Medicare coverage for long-term care, Veteran's benefits for long-term care, and creating and maintaining an elder law practice.