Elder Law Specialist - Certificate

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Program Information

The Elder Law Specialist Certificate encompasses all aspects of life planning for the elder population including illness, incapacity and death of the elderly. Elder Law Specialists may work independently on issues that do not require attorney supervision. This work may include: life enhancement assistance, analysis of housing choices, organizational assistance, preparation of valuation materials for real and personal property appraisals and funeral planning.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

The specific job tasks of an Elder Law Specialist depend on whether the Elder Law Specialist is working under the supervision of an attorney. Depending on the law office, the following tasks might be performed under the direct supervision of an attorney:

  • Interviewing prospective clients
  • Helping plan strategy for legal services
  • Visiting the elderly client to review asset documents
  • Reviewing the elderly client’s current estate plan
  • Consulting and corresponding with the elderly client’s creditors and debtors to obtain pertinent information
  • Preparing valuation of assets and schedule appraisals of real and personal property
  • Reviewing bank statements, estate planning documents to determine status of estate
  • Assisting attorney in determining whether a guardianship and/or conservatorship is necessary
  • Maintaining case documents and progress chart and update clients on status
  • Drafting wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, medical consents, deeds, other legal documents as needed
  • Assisting attorney with medical, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, insurance and banking issues
  • Assisting attorney in all aspects of the litigation process

The following tasks may be done by an Elder Law Specialist with the direct supervision on an attorney:

  • Assisting elder client and his/her family with analysis of housing choices
  • Assisting elder client and his/her family with life enhancement assistance
  • Assisting elder client and his/her family with organizational assistance
  • Assisting elder client and his/her family with preparation of valuation of assets and schedule appraisals of real and personal property
  • Assisting elder client and his/her family with funeral planning

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