7th Annual IICLE* Elder Law Conference

Hard to believe, but  it is that time of year again. The annual Elder Law Conference began today and will continue through tomorrow. I estimated there where nearly 200 hundred attorneys in attendance at today's session. Today's topics included:

  • The Continuum of Capacity and the  Dementia Process
  • Civil Unions: Unmarried Elder Law Client Couples' Long Term Care Planning Needs
  • The Deficit Reduction Act in Illinois: The Good and The Bad
  • Maneuvering Within the Labyrinth of Nursing Home Admissions and Evictions.

Although the speakers were well prepared and the topics were interesting, for me the primary value of this conference is to speak with attorneys from around the state and try to get a sense of the issues their clients are facing.

Not surprisingly, Medicaid planning seems to be growing rapidly. Additionally, elder abuse (especially fiscal abuse) seems to be on the rise. The growing incidence of these phenomenas should not surprise. Current economic conditions are placing greater stress on families and strengthening their resolve to shelter an elder's assets in order to speed their eligibility for Medicaid. Interestingly, one attorney claimed that her practice is becoming more "emergency" focused. Typically, a client's mother or father is admitted to a SNF and they are now forced to address the lack of Medicaid planning and its impact on the elder's (and families) resources.

Tomorrow I'll return to Hamburger University in Oak Brook, for the second day of the conference. As I did today, I will share my insights via twitter (@aginginchicago).

Any questions?

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* IICLE is the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education



Filed under: Elder Law

Tags: Aging, Elder Law, IICLE, Illinois


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