Elder Law and Guardianship Alternatives Clinic

Students in the Elder Law and Guardianship Alternatives clinic primarily represents young adults with disabilities and elders in cases involving possible guardianship and conservatorship.  Students will also work in educating judges, attorneys, educators, social service providers, and the general public about alternatives to guardianship.  Students will engage in public policy advocacy to encourage and support the use of alternatives to guardianship that preserve the autonomy and dignity of clients. 

Students will interview and counsel clients, research and investigate legal and factual issues, develop a theory of the case, draft transactional documents, draft and file pleadings, do discovery, negotiate settlements, and represent clients in bench trials in probate court  Students are under the supervision of an attorney working for the groundbreaking Center for Excellence in Supported Decision-Making and for Estate and Elder Law Services, a non-profit law firm under the auspices of Volunteers of America. 

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