Elder Law and Aging in America
This is a survey course covering a broad range of subjects relating to problems of aging and persons with disabilities, including demographics and economics of aging and disability, social policy and political trends, families, caregiving, government programs and resources, resources provided by the not-for-profit community, housing issues and programs, tax policy effecting benefits and programs, understanding incapacity and functional limitations, guardianship and other protective devices, issues concerning decision making at the end of life, Medicare and its limitations, Social Security and Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income and Food Stamps, health care reform and its effect on the elderly and persons with disabilities, methods of financing long term care including private resources, insurance and Medicaid, and basic estate planning. This course will also examine the special ethical issues faced by elder law attorneys and attorneys who represent persons with disabilities, address those problems, and study the rules of professional conduct and whether they appropriately deal with these issues. The course will also include study of the special problems of persons in non-traditional relationships.
This substantive course focuses on the laws (federal and local) and policies that impact all persons as they age in the United States.
Open to Tax LL.M. Students.
Recommended for the following Professional Pathways: Family Law; Health Care Management and Compliance; Tax; Trusts and Estates