Elder Law and Special Needs Section

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    Welcome to the Elder Law and Special Needs Section As an elder law and/or special needs attorney, you'll benefit from Section membership that keeps you up-to-date with important legislative developments, regulations and case laws impacting the elderly
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    Summer Meeting Join the Section for its Summer Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, July 21-23, 2016.
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    Elder Law and Special Needs Section's Annual Report The 2014-15 NYSBA Annual Report is now available online. View a brief overview of the IP Law Section’s accomplishments, activities and events this past year. (click image to view)
  • Upcoming Events
    • June 14 CLE Representing the Unmarried Couple

      Representing the Unmarried Couple: Tips for the Trusts & Estates and Elder Law Practitioner

      Tuesday, June 14, 2016
      9:00 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. 

      New York Society of Security Analysts 
      1540 Broadway, Suite 1010
      New York, NY 10036

      NYSBA Member: $135 
      Non-Member: $235

      Program Co-Sponsors: 
      Elder Law and Special Needs Section
      Trusts and Estates Law Section
      Committee on Continuing Legal Education

      4.0 MCLE Credits: 3.0 Professional Practice, 1.0 Ethics
      This program has been approved for MCLE credit in New York for all attorneys, including newly-admitted (less than 24 months). 

      Not Able to Attend in Person? 
      A Live Webcast Option is Available. (Note: Newly admitted attorneys (less than 24 months) can attend the webcast program and receive New York MCLE credit. The ethics portion must be viewed at the same time as the simultaneous webcast.)

      Who Should Attend: Trusts & Estates and Elder Law Practitioners; Tax Attorneys and Financial Planners; General Practitioners Representing Unmarried Couples.

      Program Description: 
      Attorneys representing married couples are fully aware of the well-established approaches to assisting their clients. However, representing unmarried couples often requires the practitioner to work with his/her client to structure solutions that approximate the benefits enjoyed by married couples. An experienced faculty of seasoned practitioners will share their tips and tried and true solutions to providing unmarried couples with appropriate resolutions tailored to their needs in the areas of elder law, tax planning and trusts and estates planning.  

      Register online

    • Elder Law and Special Needs Section 2016 Summer Meeting - July 21-23

      Elder Law & Special Needs Section Summer Meeting
      Thursday, July 21 - Saturday, July 23, 2016
      The Logan, Philadelphia’s Hotel

      Plan to join your Elder Law & Special Needs Colleagues for a fun and educational time in Philadelphia! 


      Book Your Hotel Room Online Now

      A sample of program topics include:
      Elder Law Update:  Medicaid and Guardianship
      Advance Directives Ethics
      Funding SNTs With Special Education Settlements
      Ethics of Social Media
      Return of Gift, Planning After the Weiss Case

      Optional events:

      Visit to the Barnes Museum:
      Immerse yourself in the greatest private collection of post-impressionist and early-modern art. Explore more than 3,000 masterpieces, including 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos, 16 Modigli­anis, and 7 Van Goghs, plus textiles, metalwork, decorative objects, African sculpture, Native American ceramics and jewelry, and Pennsylvania German furniture.

      Independence Hall:
      Independence Hall is where both the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted. It is now the centerpiece of the Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

      Philadelphia Phillies vs the Miami Marlins:  Limited tickets will be available for those who may want to take in a ball game!!

      Moshulu on Friday night:
      The legendary Moshulu is indeed the world’s oldest and largest square rigged sailing vessel still afloat.  She is in fact the one and only AAA Four Diamond restaurant venue on a Tall Ship today in the World.  Dine with unsurpassed views and a special unique experience on board this beautiful “state-of-the-art” tall ship built in 1904.


      The Logan, Philadelphia’s Hotel

      Cut-off date for hotel reservations is June 20.  Room rates start at $259 per night, plus taxes.  Rooms will not be available on Saturday night due to the Democratic National Convention.

      Call (215) 963-1500; ask for reservations and mention you are with the New York State Bar Association group or
      Book Your Hotel Room Online Now 


      Questions?  Contact Catheryn Teeter, NYSBA Meetings Dept., 518-487-5573; cteeter@nysba.org

    • Elder Law and Special Needs Section 2016 Fall Meeting - October 20-21

      Elder Law and Special Needs Section 2016 Fall Meeting
      October 20-21, 2016
      The Grand Cascades Lodge at The Crystal Springs Resort
      Hamburg, NJ

      Registration and Hotel information to follow.

  • Elder and Special Needs Law Journal


    The Elder and Special Needs Law Journal (formerly the Elder Law Attorney) features peer-written substantive articles relating to the practice of elder law on such topics as long-term care, Article 81, advance directives, Medicaid, SNTs, guardianship, Social Security, tax issues, and estate planning. Edited by Tara Anne Pleat, Esq., and Judith Nolfo McKenna, Esq., the Elder and Special Needs Law Journal is published quarterly by the Elder Law and Special Needs Section and distributed to Section members free of charge.

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