April 13, 2020

Coronavirus Update for the Elder Law Community

The coronavirus outbreak has affected how the elder law community does business.

The coronavirus outbreak has affected how the elder law community does business.

As the coronavirus invades communities throughout the U.S., the Commission on Law and Aging has responded by providing critical information and resources to guide lawyers, advocates and the public in these unprecedented times.

COVID-19 -Related Resources from the Commission on Law and Aging

How are guardians' responsibilities affected by the pandemic? The National Guardianship Association, the National Center for State Courts, and the ABA Commission on Law and Aging created FAQs to answer your questions. 

It's Time for Legal Planning to Catch Up in a Digital World, by Charles Sabatino

Coronavirus Isolation May Heighten Risk for Elder Abuse, by David Godfrey

Health Care Decision-Making in the Time of Coronavirus: Everything you need to know about creating advance directives

The Mind Your Loved Ones (MYLO) mobile app lets you store critical medical information, health care directives, and other related data on your phone. You can send this info directly to doctors, hospitals, etc.. Purchase and download it today.

Patient and Client Safety in a COVID-19 World: Legal and Practical Demands on Elder Care Facilities and Lawyers. Hear this recorded webinar with experts on how best to keep older patients and clients safe during the delivery of services.

Advice and Experience from the Field

5 Tips to Help the Elder Law Community as People Shelter in Place, by Rajiv Nagaich

Legal Service Delivery Tools You Need Now, by Hilary Dalin, Sarah Galvan and Liz Keith

Inside Vermont's Prison System: Fighting for Early Release of Vulnerable Older Inmates, by Annie Manhardt

Laid off or low income? Check out these tax benefits you may not know about, by Barbara Jones and Disha Patel

Temporary relief for reverse mortgage borrowers facing foreclosure, by Odette Williamson

Consequences Could be Enormous for Seniors Without High-Speed Internet in Age of Coronavirus, by Jeremiah J. Underhill

Charles Sabatino, director of the Commission on Law and Aging, was tapped to speak at the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care's National Policy Forum, a free event, on June 24. Register now.

Other COVID-19 Resources

The Administration for Community Living offers resources for advocates amid the coronavirus threat.

Have a voice in your heath care: Check out these advance care directives pamphlets and other material.  

Serious Illness Care Toolkit: This toolkit is written for clinicians but  is adaptable to all helping professions.

More ABA Disaster Resources for Lawyers & Law Firms

The ABA Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness offers a variety of resources to help lawyers and firms prepare for and respond to disasters. A new task force also was created to respond to the growing legal needs of Americans arising from the coronavirus.