Levin College of Law

Course Number: LAW 6717 Credits: 3

An examination of the legal problems of the elderly (not limited to low-income elderly). As a practice area, Elder Law is directed to the intersection of age and various areas of the law, only some of which are age specific as to application. Emphasis will be on elder law planning as opposed to advocacy. Consideration will be given to: ethical issues associated with representing the elderly; end-of-life planning (advance health care directives, designation of health care surrogates, do-not-resuscitate orders, HIPPA waivers); planning for property management(durable powers of attorney, revocable trusts); asset protection planning (Medicaid eligibility, Miller trusts); court-supervised property management(guardianships and conservatorships); government entitlement retirement programs(Social Security), employer-sourced retirement plans, traditional and Roth IRAs; health and long-term care planning (COBRA, long-term care insurance) and entitlement programs (CLASS, Medicare, Medicaid); housing; and elder abuse (Elder Justice Act). No consideration will be given to age (or disability) discrimination in employment or to age-dependent income tax provisions, as those subjects are best suited to treatment in other courses.