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May 19, 2020

Special coronavirus e-journal highlights guardianship, digital legal planning, older inmates

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2020 —The American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging has released its May-June 2020 issue of BIFOCAL, a “Special Coronavirus Edition,” which features articles and resources to support the elder law community in these unprecedented times. Articles include information about legal delivery tools, pandemic rules guardians should know, legal documents that lag in a digital world and the fight for older prison inmates.

The May-June issue is a collection of articles written by some of the country’s foremost law and aging experts who are available for interviews to media outlets seeking sources. Some experts and their articles include:

  • 5 Tips to Help Elder Law Practitioners in the Age of COVID-19, by Rajiv Nagaich, an elder law attorney in the Seattle area and a fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Working Remotely? Legal Delivery Tools You Need Now, by Hilary Dalin, director of the Office of Elder Justice and Adult Protective Services at the Administration for Community Living in Washington, D.C.; Sarah Galvan, senior staff attorney at Justice in Aging and who  works on the National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER); and Liz Keith, program director at Pro Bono Net
  • Ready, Set, Pause: The Digital World Waits for Legal Planning Docs to Catch Up, by Charles Sabatino, director of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging
  • New Pandemic Rules Guardians Need to Know Now, by the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, The National Guardianship Association, and the National Center for State Courts
  • Notarizing Docs Amid Stay-in-Place Orders: The Evolving Status of State Laws, by Rebecca Salido, intern, ABA Commission on Law and Aging
  • Inside Vermont’s Prison System: Fighting for Older Inmates as Outbreaks Spread, by Annie Manhardt, staff attorney at the Prisoners’ Rights Office in Montpelier, Vt. 
  • Seniors Facing Foreclosure Get Temporary Reprieve, by Odette Williamson, an attorney with the National Consumer Law Center who focuses on housing sustainability, issues impacting older adults, and directs the Racial Justice and Equal Economic Opportunity initiative
  • Consequences Can be Enormous for Seniors Without Internet, by Jeremiah Underhill, legal director at Disability Rights of West Virginia, and a co-coordinator for Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders (WINGS) in West Virginia
  • Remembering Lori Stiegel: An Unwavering Elder Justice Advocate (1957-2020), by Erica Wood, former assistant director at the ABA Commission on Law and Aging

To view BIFOCAL, click here.

The ABA can refer reporters to legal experts available to speak about BIFOCAL e-journal articles about nursing home-related issues, Medicare/Medicaid, Elder Law Day and more.  Reporters seeking comment and analysis on these topics may contact Betsy Adeboyejo at 202-662-1039 or at [email protected]for more information.

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