The Evolution of Rhode Island Guardianship Law

The Evolution of Rhode Island Guardianship Law

1984 doesn’t seem like that long ago. But at that time, only a little over 30 years ago, guardianship laws in this state were stuck in 1905.  And in 1905, laws were only a marginal improvement over the colonial era laws first enacted in 1742.  It’s hard to fathom, but in 1984, a person in this state could be classified as an “idiot, lunatic, or person of unsound mind”  and stripped of his or her personal autonomy.

The evolution of guardianship law in Rhode Island has been equally fascinating and frustrating. The 1992 Act and subsequent updating have brought about significant modernization to the law. Nevertheless, there are those who believe that there remains more to do.

I have written about this topic in an article published in the current issue of the the Rhode Island Bar Journal. If you’d like to read more, see The Evolution of Rhode Island Guardianship Law in the May/June 2016 issue, beginning on page 5.

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Financial Planning for a Life with MS: Slides from the Rhode Island Spring Education Conference

Financial Planning for a Life with MS: Slides from the Rhode Island Spring Education Conference

It was my pleasure and privilege to participate recently as a presenter at the Rhode Island Spring Education Conference of the Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. My topic was entitled Adapting: Financial Planning for a Life with MS. You can view the slides from my presentation here:

The conference included valuable information for those with MS and their caregivers, including nutrition and MS; preparing for MS doctor visits; managing fatigue and bladder/bowel symptoms related to MS; and moving forward after an MS diagnosis.

Particular thanks and kudos to Meredith Sheehan, Program Manager – Community Programs, and her staff for an excellent program.

For more information on local programming for people living with MS, along with the latest MS research findings, first-person stories, advocacy updates, upcoming events, and fundraisers, you can subscribe to the MSConnection quarterly newsletter.

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My Latest CLE Now Available as Webinar On Demand

My Latest CLE Now Available as Webinar On Demand

A couple weeks ago I was pleased to speak at a CLE on Current Developments in Medicare and Medicaid for Long-Term Care offered by the Rhode Island Bar Association.

Two seniors members of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Jennifer Wood, Esq. and Deborah George, Esq., and I shared an under-used technique to enable clients to obtain extended access to the Medicare Part A skilled nursing home benefit.

We also discussed changes in the structure and procedures at the Rhode Island Offices of Health and Human Services (OHHS) and the Department of Human Services (DHS) and how to assist clients with Medicaid applications.

As reported by the RI Bar Association, the CLE was very well-attended, with the in-person presentation and live webinar each drawing more than 70 participants.

If you missed the live presentation, the On Demand webinar is now available; details are below.

Current Developments in Medicare and Medicaid for Long-Term Care
Credits: 2 RICLE
Run time: 1 hour 46 minutes
Price: $135 (RIBA members) or $120 (new lawyers)

photo source: RI Bar Association

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An (Award Winning!) History of Rhode Island Guardianship Laws

An (Award Winning!) History of Rhode Island Guardianship Laws

This is just a quick follow-up to a post I shared back in May about an article I wrote on the evolution of guardianship in Rhode Island, which was published in the Rhode Island Bar Journal.

I am now thrilled to share that the article was the winner of the 2016 Rhode Island Bar Journal Lauren E. Jones, Esq. Writing Award! It was an honor to receive the award at the Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting awards reception last month.

And now, on to the main point of today’s post. An expanded, full-length version of that article has now been published in the Summer 2016 issue of the Roger Williams University Law Review.

From the dark period beginning in the 1700s to the present day provisions, the 35-page article provides an in-depth look at the evolution of guardianship laws in our state, and in particular, the grounds for the initiation of a guardianship proceeding and the procedural rights of the individual for whom the guardianship is sought.

 

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Upcoming CLE: Current Developments in Medicare and Medicaid for Long-Term Care

Upcoming CLE: Current Developments in Medicare and Medicaid for Long-Term Care

Rhode Island attorneys who practice elder law or advise healthcare facilities may be interested to know about an upcoming RI Bar Association CLE seminar on Medicare and Medicaid.  I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be speaking at this seminar along with two senior members of the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services next month. Here are the details:

Current Developments in Medicare and Medicaid for Long-Term Care
2-4pm, Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
Rhode Island Law Center, Cranston
41 Sharpe Drive, Cranston, RI 02920

*Unable to attend in person? A live webcast takes place at the same time*

Many Americans rely on Medicare and Medicaid, and they are critical in paying for long-term care. As an attorney advising a client or representing a hospital or nursing home facility, it is imperative to keep up with the changing laws.

This program will review an under-utilized technique to enable clients to obtain extended access to the Medicare Part A skilled nursing home benefit. It will also review changes in the structure and procedures at the Rhode Island Offices of Health and Human Services (OHHS) and the Department of Human Services (DHS) and how to assist clients with Medicaid applications.

Don’t miss your chance to expand your proficiency in this unique area of practice and meet with personnel from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

Speakers:
Deborah A. George, Esq.
Legal Services Administrator
Office of Legal Services
Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Jennifer L. Wood, Esq.
Deputy Secretary/General Counsel
State of Rhode Island
Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Mark B. Heffner, Esq.
Certified Elder Law Attorney*
Heffner Associates

For more information and to register, see the seminar brochure.

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Estate and Medicaid Planning for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease: Slides from a Presentation at the Caregiver’s Journey Conference

Estate and Medicaid Planning for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease: Slides from a Presentation at the Caregiver’s Journey Conference

Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking at the 6th annual Caregiver’s Journey Conference, a conference for Alzheimer’s caregivers and care professionals. The topic of my presentation was “Estate and Medicaid Planning for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease”, and as I promised attendees of the conference, I’m posting the slides of my presentation here.

If you have questions about financial or legal planning for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s, please don’t hesitate to contact our offices.

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