Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law


Under Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law, persons appointed as a court evaluator or guardian, in almost all cases, must receive training approved by the Office of Court Administration. This program has been approved by the Office of Court Administration for such purposes.  The highly qualified and experienced practitioners in the health, elder and guardianship law fields on the faculty will highlight the latest legal and regulatory developments in this area as well as the fundamentals of how to serve as an effective guardian or court evaluator. This program fulfills the training requirements for enrollment on the Part 36 Fiduciary Eligibility List as guardian, court evaluator, and attorney for alleged incapacitated persons.


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Tuesday, December 4, 2018 | NYC
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 | Albany
Pre-register for the Video Replay on December 19, 2018

7.5 MCLE Credits: 3.0 Areas of Professional Practice; 2.0 Skills; 2.5 Ethics

Trusts & Estates Law Section, Elder Law & Special Needs Section and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education

Trusts & Estates Law Section Chair, Natalia Murphy, Esq., Citi Private Bank, NYC 
Elder Law & Special Needs Section Chair, Judith D. Grimaldi, Grimaldi & Yeung, LLP, NYC 

Not Able to Attend in Person? 
The Video Replay and available for purchase 
enabling you to watch on your schedule and earn your MCLE credits.


The New York State Bar Association’s Trusts & Estate Law Section, Elder Law & Special Needs Section and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education are pleased to present Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law. 

Program Agenda Topics

Introduction and Orientation
- Article 81 Comparison with SCPA 17-A
- Orientation to Medical Terminology
The Proceeding

- Commencing a Guardianship Proceeding
- Court Evaluator
- Hearing and Order
Hot Topics and Recent Developments
- Legal Duties and Responsibilities of a Guardian
- Health Care Decision Making
- Resources
- Part 36 of the Rules of the Chief Judge
- Counsel
- Legal Fees and Who is the Client
- Role of MHLS     

Program Planning Chair
Patricia Shevy, Esq., The Shevy Law Firm, Albany  

Local Program Chairs

Lisa M. Buccini, Esq., Rensselaer County Surrogates Court, Troy

New York City 
Sally M. Donahue, Esq., Jaspan Schlesinger, LLP, Garden City 
Michael P. Ryan, Esq., Jaspan Schlesinger, LLP, Garden City 

Program Faculty

Anthony Rossi, Esq., New York Unified Court System, Albany 
Julie B. Friedman, Esq.,
Mental Hygiene Legal Service, Appellate Division, Third Judicial District, Albany 
Hon. Paul V. Morgan, Rensselaer County Surrogate’s Court Judge, Troy 
Jennifer Corcoran, Esq., Tully Rinckey, PLLC,  Albany 
Aaron Carbone, Esq., Vella, Carbone & Associates, LLP, Delmar 

New York City 
Michele Gartner, Esq., Office of Court Administration, NYC 
Joan Roberts, Esq., Kassoff, Robert & Lerner, LLP, Rockville Centre
Ira Salzman, Esq., Goldfarb Abrandt Salzman & Kutzin, LLP, NYC
David A. Smith, Esq., Law Office of David A. Smith, PLLC, Garden City 
Lori A. Sullivan, Esq.,
Seward & Kissel, NYC
Danielle M. Visvader, Esq.,
Abrams Fensterman, LLP, Lake Success
Felice Wechsler, Esq. Mental Hygiene Legal Services, NYC 

NYSBA Members: $175

Co-Sponsoring Section Members: $150
Non-Members: $ 275

Interested in registering more than one attorney?
Three or more registrations from the same firm/organization are eligible for our 20% Group Discount.

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Pre-registration Strongly Advised: You can save money and guarantee your seat and course materials by registering early. Registrations received at the door are subject to an additional $15.00 registration fee. Registrations cancelled less than three days from the program date will be assessed a cancellation fee of $25.00.