This course focuses on the fundamental issues in elder law. The topics range from broad ethical issues (representation, capacity) to an examination of specific laws and practices to assist clients in planning for retirement, possible incapacity, and death. Tax rules governing trusts and estates play important roles in such planning; we will draw on relevant tax laws as needed. Specific topics covered include: special needs trusts and other planning tools for incapacity; guardianships; wills and trusts; Medicare and Medicaid; health care decision-making; long-term care; and social security/income support.
Trusts and Estates and Health, Law, and Policy are useful (but not required) prerequisites.