CLE Update

Volume: 34 Issue: 6

National Aging & Law Institute--Register now!
The Institute will provide you with the multidisciplinary skills and knowledge to ensure you can meet your clients’ and communities’ needs holistically. This year’s Institute is a unique educational event that blends advanced substantive programming for attorneys both in private practice and in non-profit public interest practice, as well as for other non-attorney advocates in the aging network. Plan to join your peers to learn, network, and engage with leading experts in the field. With more than 25 high-quality, in-depth sessions, there is something for everyone.
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What’s Coming Up in COLA CLE?

Screening and Working with Older Clients with Diminished Capacity
–A Practical How-To Webinar

Charlie Sabatino, Commission Director, will present this webinar with Daniel C. Marson, Professor of Neurology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

America is graying and this means lawyers increasingly encounter more clients with age-related cognitive impairments caused by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. These clients pose special challenges to representation, and lawyers are increasingly faced with the challenge of making accurate assessments of clients’ legal capacity to make decisions and engage in legal transactions.

This program will:

  • Provide a practical approach and process for capacity screening by attorneys.
  • Describe “warning signs” of diminished capacity in elderly clients.
  • Clinical background on the nature, variations, and progression of cognitive impairments.
  • Strategies for maximizing clients’ capacity.
  • Practical guidelines for utilizing mental health professionals effectively.

The webinar is scheduled for October 24. To be placed on a notification list for when more information is available, please email Andrea Amato at

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