- Capacity Assessment
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- WINGS-Court Stakeholder Partnerships
The ABA Commission on Law and Aging is a collaborative and interdisciplinary leader of the Association’s work to strengthen and secure the legal rights, dignity, autonomy, quality of life, and quality of care of aging persons. The Commission accomplishes its work through research, policy development, advocacy, education, training, and through assistance to lawyers, bar associations, and other groups working on issues of aging.
Bifocal, the ABA Commission's bi-monthly journal, provides timely, valuable legal resources pertaining to older persons, generated through the joint efforts of public and private bar groups and the aging network. Bifocal invites the submission of elder law related news, articles, initiatives and projects. Contact us for manuscript guidelines and deadline information for upcoming issues.
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The 2019 National Aging and Law Conference will be held at the The Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA on October 31-November 1st 2019. This four-star hotel is one subway station from National Airport. Connected by an underground walkway with shops to the subway, it features high-speed Wi-Fi access, city views, smart TVs and walk-in showers. The hotel recently completed a total renovation. The room rate is $179.Request for speaker proposals will be announced late 2018. For updates on NALC 2019 subscribe to Bifocal magazine. - Subscribe NOW
The ABA Commission on Law and Aging examines a wide range of legal issues affecting older persons. This work results in valuable resources, conferences, technical assistance and training programs, and demonstration projects of considerable value to the association and the public at large.
A handy checklist to walk lawyers through the Advance Directive Process.
Five Safeguards to Consider Adding to Any Power of Attorney for Finances
by Charlie Sabatino
by Charlie Sabatino
The ABA Commission, with the Virginia Tech Center for Gerontology, has released a new report with recommendations on Restoration of Rights in Adult Guardianship.
Visit The Guardianship Resources Page
Millions of Americans are managing money or property for a loved one who is unable to pay bills or make financial decisions. Here are four easy-to-understand booklets to help financial caregivers. Written by the Commission and published by the CFPB, the guides are for agents under powers of attorney, court-appointed guardians, trustees, and government fiduciaries (Social Security representative payees and VA fiduciaries).
Visit The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
An easy-to-use, legal form for all adults: Giving Someone a Power of Attorney for Your Health Care.
Making Medical Decisions for Someone Else makes it easy understand what it’s like to be a health care proxy, what to do while there’s still time to think about it, how to make the hard decisions, and where to get help.
Visit The Commission's Health Care Decision Making Page
Good advance planning for health care decisions is, in reality, a continuing conversation. To help you in this process, this tool kit contains a variety of self-help worksheets, suggestions, and resources.
Visit Our Health Care Decision Making Page
Help us continue to improve the lives of older Americans. Write a check made payable to Fund for Justice and Education. Designate ABA Commission on Law and Aging, on the memo line. Mail to: ABA Commission on Law & Aging 1050 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, DC 20036
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Assessment Of Older Adults With Diminished Capacity: A Handbook For Lawyers
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Checklist for an Elder-Friendly Law Office
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Judicial Determination of Capacity of Older Adults in Guardianship Proceedings: A Handbook for Judges