Exploring Ethical Challenges of Legal Services Working on Elder Abuse Issues
Source: National Consumer Law Center (NCLC)
Increasing national focus on elder abuse and a push for greater legal services involvement, particularly in the area of financial exploitation, have led to a number of difficult ethical challenges. This webinar will examine: Ways in which ageist attitudes have shaped states’ elder abuse laws and how these attitudes – often unconscious – affect our approach to elder abuse, especially when clients are of questionable capacity; The critical need to establish and put in place, clear policies/protocols to guide involvement in abuse/exploitation cases and to ensure adherence to professional responsibilities, before legal programs get involved; and applying the policies/protocols and dealing with ethical challenges while working with elders and their families/third parties in the field.
Presenters: Penny Hommel, Co-Director, The Center for Social Gerontology, Jaye Martin, Executive Director, Maine Legal Services for the Elderly and Denis Culley, Staff Attorney, Maine Legal Services for the Elderly
Topics: Cognition/Capacity, Legal
Access: Download, Web-based
Intended Use: Self-directed Learning, Teaching Others
Audience: Legal/Law Enforcement