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National Center on Law & Elder Rights: Understanding and Utilizing State Elder Abuse Statutes

  • 22 Jan 2020
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • WebCast

Understanding and Utilizing State Elder Abuse Statutes

When: Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

Every advocate should know and understand the elder abuse statutes in their state. The statutes define elder abuse, establish who is eligible for services from Adult Protective Services (APS), define reporting responsibilities in the state, specify available civil legal remedies, and set the general framework for APS or law enforcement. This information empowers advocates to know what to report, when to report, who to report to, and what the process may be when a report is filed. Advocates who work with older adults and vulnerable populations should understand the elder abuse statutes and develop working relationships before they need them. 

Learning objectives for this training include:

  • Develop a model of who is eligible for services from APS based on state elder abuse statutes.
  • Compare examples of abuse that have taken place to definitions in state law.
  • Understand the relationship between state elder abuse statutes and criminal laws.
  • Understand the need for programs and services for persons not eligible under state statute or for acts not within the description of elder abuse in the state statute.

This advanced training will explore common due process concerns and substantive defenses in adult guardianship cases. Presenters will discuss how to develop and present evidence advocating for the least restrictive alternatives in an adult guardianship case. 

Previous NCLER trainings on this topic include: Elder Abuse: Mandatory and Permissive Reporting For Lawyers and Litigating Financial Exploitation Cases in State Courts.


  • David Godfrey, Senior Attorney, ABA Commission on Law and Aging

Closed captioning will be available on this webcast. A link with access to the captions will be shared through GoToWebinar’s chat box shortly before the webcast start time.

This training will be presented in a WEBCAST format to accommodate more participants. Due to the high volume of participants, computer audio will be the only option to listen to the presentation. No telephone call-in number will be provided. Please plan accordingly. Thank you. 

This webcast will be recorded and available on our website shortly after the presentation. The recording and training materials will also be emailed to all registrants within a few days after the training.

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