Issue 5 (June 2014)

A Call to Expand Elder Law Education

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A Call to Expand Elder Law Education

As the field of elder law grows, so does the need of elder law-related education and training for law students and attorneys. But just how much of a need is there? And what type of training would be most valuable?

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This article is the text of a lecture given by Professor David English in March 2014 at the Institute of Gerontology, University of Tokyo, Japan, and at Beijing Administrative College in Beijing, China. An overview of legal issues related to aging in the United States, the article serves as a useful introduction to our international readers and as a helpful snapshot of current issues for our domestic readers.

The Brooke Astor case was a high-profile and received a lot of media attention, but this situation is more common than you may think. We see it all too often—people taking advantage of older adults with diminished capacity.

This article summarizes state statutory provisions on general bond requirements, amount of bond, and exceptions.

Over 360 participants from 22 countries on six continents came together on May 28–30 at the 2014 World Congress on Adult Guardianship. The lively three-day event offered those involved in guardianship and decision-making a rare opportunity to share problems and solutions with peers from other countries. The theme of the multi-cultural Congress was “Promising Practices to Ensure Excellence in Guardianship Around the World.”

From Commission research to ABA policy

Inside the Commission
Event and CLE Update


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