Do you ever wonder how attorneys keep current on the law and consider unique and difficult issues?
All California attorneys have to take a certain number of continuing education classes and report those units to the State Bar. We attend various seminars to complete the required units and typically have hundreds of hours of classes between us.
However a unique type of program is called the Un-Program. Rather than attending classes with a formal speaker, we meet with attorneys from all over the country and have the opportunity to discuss actual and complex legal situations in an informal setting. We recently attended the National Academy of Elder Law Attorney’s (NAELA) Un-Program in Grapevine, Texas. We spent three days meeting in small groups to discuss a variety of issues, with just general topics as the guide for the group.
This was a great way to discuss complex elder law issues including upcoming changes in Medicaid (Medi-Cal here in California), Veteran’s benefits, Special Needs Trusts and disability issues for our clients. We had the opportunity to discuss cases and brainstorm options for those clients with the best elder law attorneys in the country. We also have the ability to continue with the Un-Program format by discussing cases on the NAELA Listserve and in future conference calls that will be established. We found this to be a wonderful resource for us and a great benefit to clients who have increasingly complex issues with federal benefits.
* The information contained in this Blog is intended for general information and educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or an opinion of counsel.