June 22, 2017
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A Timely Review of Contemporary Issues Within MLO's Practice 
The Elder Access to Justice Round Table
by Anthony Marone, Esq.
McAndrews Law Offices, P.C. -   Estate Planning  Department

On Friday, June 16, 2017, attorneys Anthony L. Marone and Jennifer Simons attended the annual Elder Access to Justice Round Table.  The Round Table is an important event in Montgomery County where professional guardians, trustees, financial planners, attorneys and advocates for the elderly meet and exchange information about servicing this vulnerable portion of the population.  The subject of this years Round Table was "Seniors and Civil Rights."
            The Round Table featured a variety of speakers and subjects addressing civil rights and seniors.  This years keynote speaker was Teresa Osborne, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging, who discussed the challenges of providing services to the elderly population of the Commonwealth.  The Honorable Lois Murphy, the Administrative Judge of the Montgomery County Orphans' Court, led a panel discussion regarding the power of the police and aging services to address elder exploitation.  Even Pennsylvania's Governor Tom Wolf attended the event and gave the attendees insight into the pending legislation affecting health care.

The four break-out sessions conducted after the panel discussion included seminars on subjects such as how to differentiate between "heirlooms or hoarding" and when to allow a senior "the right to be wrong."  Dean Beer, Esquire, a former attorney from MLO who is currently the Public Defender of Montgomery County, spoke on a panel about the issues facing the elderly in prison and when an exploited senior becomes a participant in a criminal enterprise.

  By attending events such as the Round Table, the attorneys at MLO continue to strive to increase their knowledge-base and network of professionals to address the many needs of the most vulnerable citizens of Pennsylvania.
(R: Dean Beer, Esq. - Montgomery County Chief Public Defender/MLO Member)

The Fine Line Between Protecting Elder's Civil Rights and Protecting Elders from Harm or Abuse
by Jennifer Simons, Esq. 
McAndrews Law Offices, P.C. - Estate Planning Department

Those of us who have an elderly parent, grandparent, or who are caring for an elderly loved one may often at times think that we know what is best for them and we sometimes reverse the roles of parent/child and decide that we should be making the decisions on behalf of our loved one. However, just because someone is elderly or may become slightly confused at times does not always mean that they are completely incapable of making their own decisions. A person is presumed competent unless proven otherwise and determined by a court that they are an incapacitated person. The elderly are still adults, and as adults we all have made bad decisions at times or decisions that someone else may not have made or would not agree with, but it does not  necessarily mean that we are no longer able to make any decisions on our own about where to live, how to handle our finances etc. Ideally, the goal should be to allow a loved one to retain their independence and have them live in as least restrictive setting as possible. Most seniors wish to remain living in their home in familiar surroundings and there are ways to assist seniors that will allow them to remain at home as long as they are able to care for themselves safely.  Finish Reading Here