The full recordings from the 2021 LAS Webinar Series on Elder Abuse are now available to watch on our LAS YouTube Channel:

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Thank you for joining us for Legal Assistance for Seniors’ Fall Webinar Series on Elder Abuse.

This year’s webinar is brought to you in partnership with Golden Gate University, the special host of this webinar series. We extend our deep gratitude to our sponsors, partners and volunteers for their time and generosity. Without their commitment and support, this webinar series would not have been possible.

LAS’ four-part webinar series is open to the public, free of charge, though a donation of $25 per webinar event will be gratefully appreciated and accepted in order to support our work. We hope you find the presentations informative and useful.

Each webinar will run approximately 90 minutes in length, featuring a presentation on the particular topic followed by a live, moderated Q&A session. We encourage everyone to come prepared with questions to submit to our panelists.

Robert Nuddleman
Robert Nuddleman
Hina Shah
Hina Shah
Webinar 1: Working with Caregivers: Solutions to Common Problems
Date: Tuesday, September 14 from 12:00 to 1:30 PM
Robert Nuddleman – Principal Attorney – Nuddleman Law Firm, P.C.
Hina Shah – Professor of Law & Director Women’s Employment Rights Clinic Golden Gate University School of Law

When your clients need extra help in the home, what is the best way to ensure they receive the help they need? What are the different things to consider when hiring and employing caregivers? What risks do you have when your client hires their own caregivers? We will explore common problems and discuss different solutions for you and your clients when hiring and working with caregivers. Learn how to comply with the law, minimize your exposure and help your clients understand the risks and benefits of having caregivers in the home.

Robert Nuddleman is the owner and primary attorney at the Nuddleman Law Firm, P.C. He represents individuals and companies in federal and state court and various administrative agencies such as the California Department of Industrial Relations (Labor Commissioner), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. A significant focus of Mr. Nuddleman’s practice relates to wage and hour claims, breach of contract, trade secret protection, claims of sex, race, age, and pregnancy discrimination and/or harassment and accommodating persons with disabilities. Mr. Nuddleman advises and represents business clients in employment and business matters in an attempt to avoid litigation and reduce potential exposure to claims of all kinds in light of developing law. A particular focus of Mr. Nuddleman’s practice includes advising caregiver agencies, trustees, conservators, families, residential care facilities, care homes and others regarding wage and hour and employment laws in the elder care industry.

Hina Shah is a Professor of Law and Director of the Women’s Employment Rights Clinic (WERC) at Golden Gate University School of Law. WERC advocates for the rights of low-wage and immigrant workers through direct service, impact litigation, and public policy work and in coordination with community-based organizations. WERC serves as legal counsel to the California Domestic Workers Coalition, helping expand and enforce workplace protections for domestic workers. Professor Shah has lectured and written on the plight of low-wage and immigrant workers. Prior to joining GGULaw, Professor Shah worked for over a decade as an employment litigator for private union-side law firms and non-profits organizations and has substantial appellate experience as a Staff Attorney at the Ninth Circuit. She currently serves on the executive committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the California Lawyers Association.

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2021 Hiring Working with Caregivers
Rights for Caregivers

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Marti DeLiema, PhD
Marti DeLiema, PhD
Naomi Karp, Esq.
Naomi Karp, Esq.
Webinar 2: How to Motivate Aging Adults to Make a Money Management Plan
Date: Tuesday, September 21 from 12:00 to 1:30 PM
Presenters: Marti DeLiema, PhD – Assistant Research Professor, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Naomi Karp, Esq.

Millions of aging Americans are challenged to prepare for uncertain health and financial setbacks in addition to cognitive impairment that impacts one-third of adults over age 85. Advanced planning can reduce the negative impact of impairment on personal finances, including financial exploitation, scams and fraud, and care and spending decisions that are not aligned with retirement goals.

One of the smartest ways to prepare for changes in financial decision-making capacity is to talk with a trusted friend or family member about financial needs and wishes for the future, and to appoint a power of attorney in the event that oversight and support is needed. To motivate and guide aging adults to begin this important planning process and start meaningful conversations about money and future care, we developed the Thinking Ahead Roadmap. The content and design was informed by two years of research conducted at the University of Minnesota.

Marti DeLiema, PhD is an interdisciplinary gerontologist and Assistant Research Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota. Using both quantitative and qualitative research methods, Professor DeLiema studies retirement security and financial victimization using focus groups, in-depth interviews, surveys and panel data. Her research is funded by the National Institute of Justice, the National Institute on Aging, the Social Security Administration, the Society of Actuaries, AARP, and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. Prior to joining the School of Social Work, Dr. DeLiema was a Research Scholar at the Stanford Center on Longevity. She graduated with her doctorate from USC School of Gerontology where she conducted research on elder abuse and neglect in minoritized communities, evaluated outcomes of a multidisciplinary team’s response to elder abuse, and analyzed the tactics scam artists use to deceive older adults.

Naomi Karp is a consultant on aging, law, and policy for educational, governmental and non-profit clients. She is a lawyer and policy expert who has worked on aging issues for over 35 years. Her areas of focus include elder financial exploitation, guardianship, health and financial decision-making, the impact of cognitive changes, and family caregiving. Ms. Karp is the co-author of the “Thinking Ahead Roadmap”, a guide and web-based tool to help people keep their money safe as they age. Until October 2019, Karp was Senior Policy Analyst at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office for Older Americans where she helped set the Office’s priorities when the agency opened in 2011. At the Bureau, Karp was the team lead for the Managing Someone Else’s Money guides for financial caregivers. Ms. Karp began her career as a legal services attorney for low-income and older clients and received her JD from Northeastern University School of Law and her BA from the University of Michigan.

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Thinking Ahead Roadmap-Presentation
Thinking Ahead Roadmap-Guide

Thinking Ahead Roadmap Website

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Christina Nalchajian, Esq., LL.M.
Christina Nalchajian, Esq., LL.M.
Commissioner Ruben Sundeen
Commissioner Ruben Sundeen
Webinar 3: The Role of the Guardian Ad Litem, A View from the Bench and Best Practices
Date: Tuesday, September 28 from 12:00 to 1:30 PM
Presenters: Christina Nalchajian, Esq., LL.M. – Nalchajian Whitley Law
Commissioner Ruben Sundeen – Alameda County Superior Court

Commissioner Ruben Sundeen and attorney Christina Nalchajian will discuss when to request the appointment of a guardian ad litem, the role and duties of the guardian ad litem in probate proceedings and the ethical framework and best practices for the attorneys and professionals who serve as a guardian ad litem.

Christina Nalchajian is currently the Owner of Nalchajian Whitley Law based in Oakland, California, where she specializes in probate and trust administration, estate planning, conservatorship and elder law. Previous experience includes practice of the law as a solo practitioner with a civil and criminal practice focused on family law, in addition to her background as a Deputy District Attorney in Fresno, California. Ms. Nalchajian obtained her Master of Laws degree in estate planning and probate law from Golden Gate School of Law. Prior to this, she obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law, during which time she served as a research assistant for the United States District Court.

Since 2019, the Honorable Ruben Sundeen has served as Commissioner of the Superior Court of California in Alameda County, assigned to the probate department (201), conducting procedural and evidentiary hearings and trials of all matters falling under the California Probate Code, including probate, trust, guardianship and conservatorship matters. Prior to this engagement, Commissioner Sundeen was a partner at Sundeen, Salinas & Pyle based in Oakland, California for twenty years. Mr. Sundeen served as principal and managing attorney with general civil practice emphasizing trust and estate litigation as well as real estate and commercial transactions and litigation. Commissioner Sundeen is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s School of Law, during which time he was both a member of the California Law Review and President of the Boalt Hall Students’ Association.

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Presentation Slides

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Mariam El-menshawi
Mariam El-menshawi
Webinar 4: Victims’ Rights in the Criminal Justice System – Marsy’s Law
Date: Tuesday, October 5 from 12:00 to 1:30 PM
Presenter: Mariam El-menshawi – Director – California Victims of Crime Resource Center

The Victims’ Bill of Rights, also known as Marsy’s Law, was enacted in California in 2008. Marsy’s law gives victims 17 rights in the California Constitution, yet many victims are not informed of these rights. Join us to understand why victims’ rights are critical to the proper functioning of the criminal justice system. You will learn how far victims’ rights have come and how we have to work collectively to make these rights a reality for crime victims.

Mariam El-menshawi is the Director of California Victims of Crime Resource Center and an Adjunct Professor of Law. She is also the Managing Attorney at the VCRC- Legal Center, which provides holistic legal services to victims of crime. Mariam received her joint JD – MBA degree from McGeorge School of Law. Mariam has dedicated her career to helping victims of crime understand their rights and assisting them in navigating and enforcing their rights in the criminal justice system.

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Victims Rights Presentation

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Continuing Education credits are available (1 hour per webinar) for California Attorneys and Professional Fiduciaries. Sessions have also been submitted to CAPAPGPC and approved as outside training for Public Administrators, Guardians, and Conservators. Continuing Education credits for BRN and CAMFT licensed professionals are available and will be provided by the Institute on Aging (IOA). Please see below for more information on the IOA provided credits.

Continuing Education Information—IOA (1 to 1.5 hours Continuing Education Units): BRN (RNs only); CAMFT (serves LCSWs, MFTs, LPCCs and LEPs). IOA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) Provider # CEP13610. IOA is also approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for this program. IOA maintains responsibility for the course and its content. Course meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. CAMFT provider number is #135377.

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