How do lawyers and other non-clinicians recognize and address diminished capacity in providing professional services to individuals? Some might argue that without training in mental disorders of aging and methods of formal capacity evaluation, you should not be making determinations about capacity at all. Yet lawyers and other professionals unavoidably face situations in which they must at least screen for capacity, either in connection with representing the individual in transactional work, or in the context of a guardianship action or other litigation, or serving as a guardian. A preliminary assessment of capacity is either done by the seat of your pants or with some objective grounding.
This webinar will provide you with tools for objectively making preliminary assessments of capacity and undue influence, while balancing the competing goals of preserving autonomy and protecting vulnerable individuals. Participants will have online access to: Assessment of Older Adults With Diminished Capacity: A Handbook for Lawyers by the ABA Commission on Law and Aging and the American Psychological Association.
Charles P. Sabatino, J.D., is the Director of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, in Washington, D.C., where since 1984, he has been responsible for the ABA Commission’s research, project development, consultation, and education in areas of guardianship, health law, long term care, capacity issues, surrogate decision making, legal services delivery for the elderly, and professional ethics. Mr. Sabatino is also a part time adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center where he has taught Law and Aging since 1987.
Sponsorship for this Webinar is provided by the National Consumer Law Center, and a grant from the Administration on Aging. This webinar is in a series of webinars for the National Elder Rights Training Project.
There is no charge for this webinar. All time listings are in Eastern Standard Time.
Diminished Capacity: How to Recognize It and What to Do About It?
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
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