By Kevin Urbatsch, Esq.
(Sign-in required) Is every attorney who drafts a special needs trust required to obtain the Social Security Administration’s permission to be paid or risk going to jail?
By Adriona Horton
On March 28, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska, in Disability Law Center of Alaska v. Davidson denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiffs’ three Title 42 U.S.C. § 1983 claims alleging that defendants were in
By Ron M. Landsman, Esq., CAP, Fellow
NAELA filed an amicus brief and argued in support of the appellants in Hegadorn v. Michigan Dept. of Human Services Director. Michigan Supreme Court approves the use of a trust for the sole benefit of a community spouse as a valid way to set aside as
By Julie E. Childs, JD, LLM Elder Law
The Elder Justice Initiative (EJI) has useful online resources available to elder law attorneys. EJI's mission is to support and help to coordinate the Department of Justice's enforcement and programmatic efforts to combat elder abuse, neglect, and f
By Fay Blix, CELA, CAP, and Susan W. Tolle, MD
This article presents scenarios in which medical doctors work with patients and their families throughout the course of an illness to ensure quality care for patients and implementation of their end-of-life treatment preferences. The article also ill
By Professor Sharona Hoffman
This article describes and assesses POLST. Focusing on patient autonomy, the article analyzes POLST benefits and risks. In addition, it surveys the laws and regulations that govern POLST.
By Miriam H. Markfield, Esq.
Elder and special needs law attorneys, who represent the interests of clients vulnerable to eugenic rhetoric and policy, are in a unique position to identify and combat eugenic threats to people with disabilities. Understanding the history of the Ame
By Reviewed by Elle Tauer
When it comes to death and dying, perceptions are shaped by culture, and in The Intimate Strangeness of Death and Dying Eve Joseph takes us on a lyrical journey of historic and contemporary interpretations of the process. An easy read, this book is a
By Reviewed by Shelley D. Coelho, Esq.
The author, who professes to be “aged between eighty and one hundred,” prefers to deal with disposing of her belongings herself, instead of placing the burden on her family after her death. This book is relevant to elder law attorneys because we ofte
By Reviewed by Kathleen Martin, CELA
This is a short book, jam-packed with important information that elder law attorneys wish everyone — individuals, caregivers, and caregivers-to-be — would pay attention to. The information is delivered in a humorous way, with a light hand, grounded i