Often, old age is accompanied by declines in cognition that can negatively affect an older person’s ability to engage in estate planning. But even when they don’t, beneficiaries might use a testator’s age and normal age-related behavior as reasons to challenge a will or other testamentary document. The growing number of older people with cognitive challenges will bring with it an increase in estate litigation.
Nursing-home residents and their families may, by signing on the dotted line, lose their ability to take care and treatment disputes to court. The authors discuss characteristics of the typical nursing-home admission process and the enforceability of arbitration provisions in nursing-home admission agreements.
Dec. 2, 2015 – In this article, attorney Tyler Wilkinson explains how legal developments, including “right-to-try” and “right-to-die” laws, could accelerate the healthcare industry’s move towards greater patient empowerment and engagement in their own care.
April 1, 2015 – Finding the right medical decision maker and ensuring that they know you and your values is the key to successful end-of-life planning,” according to attorney Ben Adams, an advisor to the State Bar Elder Law Section.
Aug. 20, 2014 – The laws pertaining to issues that specifically affect older people are complex and dynamic, Whether you are just starting an elder law practice and need an introduction or you’re experienced in elder law and want a quick reference tool, you need State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE® Advising Older Clients and Their Families by your side.
The State Bar of Wisconsin National Mock Trial planning team is calling on attorneys, judges and experienced teachers and coaches from around the state to step up to the bench and volunteer to serve on a judging panel during the 2014 National High School Mock Trial Championship on May 9 and 10 in Madison.
April 2, 2014 – Studies suggest that roughly 70 percent of us will be unable to make decisions for ourselves at some point in our lives, but no more than a third of all American adults have an advance care plan in writing. In this video, Elder Law Section members Ben Adams and Michael Kujawski remind us of the importance of advance directives.
Want to refine your courtroom skills and delivery? Looking at procedure and performance from a different perspective, like that of a judge, can be very helpful, and the State Bar of Wisconsin has a perfect opportunity to do just that. You can take the bench while volunteering as a judge at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Madison from May 8 to 10.
April 17, 2013 – Most Americans have not exercised their right to make decisions about their health care in the event that they cannot speak for themselves. Elder law attorney Ben Adams points viewers to the State Bar’s consumer guide, A Gift to Your Family, as a great tool to start the conversation. The State Bar is offering free electronic access to and special discounts on this resource through April.
March 6, 2013 – Investor abuse is at an all-time high, and the elderly are most at risk. In this video, attorney Jeff Salas discusses how financial abuse occurs, reveals the tell-tale signs of investment harm, and explains how investors can bring claims for harm caused by inappropriate investment sales.