Thursday, October 3, 2013

CLE on Clients with Diminished Capacaity

The ABA Commission on Law & Aging, the Senior Lawyers Division, the Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Division,the  Family Law Section and others are co-sponsoring a webinar on October 24th on Screening and Working with Older Clients with Diminished Capacity: Practical Tools and Strategies.

Here is the program description from the website:

The graying of America means that  lawyers in all fields increasingly encounter older clients and many of these  clients can have impairments related to living longer, particularly Alzheimer’s  disease and other forms of dementia.   Clients with varying levels of diminished capacity pose special  challenges to representation.  For  practical and ethical reasons, lawyers are increasingly faced with making  preliminary assessments of clients’ capacity to make decisions and engage in legal  transactions.  Sometimes this requires  knowing how to utilize mental health professionals effectively and knowing how  to maximize the functional capacities of clients. 

This program will provide a  practical tool and process for capacity screening by attorneys; clinical  background on the nature, variations, and progression of cognitive impairments;  warning signs of diminished capacity; strategies for maximizing clients’  capacity; and practical guidelines for utilizing mental health professionals  effectively.

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