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Understanding the Basics of Conservatorship Law in California

March 21, 2024

This webinar took place on Thursday, April 11, 2024, from 11:00 a.m. PT – 12:00 p.m. PT

With the recently updated Older Americans Act regulations and the emphasis placed on defense of guardianship (conservatorship in California), legal aid advocates need to have the knowledge and skills to advocate for the use of least-restrictive alternatives to conservatorships and to defend older adults against the imposition of conservatorship. This webinar, Understanding the Basics of Conservatorship Law in California, will provide an overview of the basics of conservatorship law in California so that legal aid advocates can increase their understanding to better serve older adult clients.

This webinar will help advocates new to conservatorship law understand the different types of conservatorships in California and identify the conservatorship processes that most impact older adults. Advocates will come away with an understanding of how the conservatorship process works so they can better advise their clients on the importance of avoiding conservatorships and finding alternatives to conservatorships. This training will lay the groundwork for taking on defense of conservatorship cases in the future. Attendees will also receive resources about strategies for defending against conservatorships. Finally, this webinar will provide updates on recent legislative changes.

Who Should Participate:
Legal aid advocates and attorneys who work with older adults and have limited experience with conservatorship law.

Presenters:
Sandy Skahen, Senior Attorney, Community Legal Aid SoCal
Jim Berchtold, Senior Attorney, Justice in Aging

With support from the California Department of Aging, Justice in Aging provides enhanced capacity building support, legal training and technical assistance, and opportunities for increased coordination and communication among California’s senior legal services providers. You can find our past trainings and curated resources on our California webpage.

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