On November 8–10, over 400 people participated in the 2012 National Aging and Law Institute (NALI) at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. This year’s conference theme was the Post-Election Special, focusing on the impact of the 2012 election on issues in law and aging. Despite some close races and recounts, the outcome was certain enough by the Thursday afternoon opening session for the panel of experts to discuss the likely impact.
The Third National Guardianship Summit, a landmark consensus conference sponsored by the ten National Guardianship Network (NGN) entities and key co-sponsors, concluded just over a year ago in October 2011 with much fanfare. The Summit, funded by the State Justice Institute, the Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation, and the NGN organizations, focused on post-appointment guardian performance and decision-making across several key areas of practice. Its 93 participants crafted some 43 Standards for Guardians and 21 Recommendations for Action by courts, legislators, and others. It was hard work and its potential to influence guardianship is great.
A recent report from the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC), The Other Foreclosure Crisis: Property Tax Lien Sales, makes the case for state and local reforms to help seniors and other homeowners save their homes from foreclosures related to tax lien sales.
The legal delivery system that has perhaps caused the most stir around the country is the hotline. And, after more than 25 years overseeing a hotline, I am acutely aware of both its strengths and limits as a delivery system when compared to other methods of providing services.
Attorneys go about their daily business of helping their clients without much thought as to what would happen if he or she were to become disabled. Do you have a plan in place?
GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) has published a guide for eligible married same-sex couples, and those who have lost a same-sex spouse, to act now to preserve their right to receive Social Security benefits once the law is gone.