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3/3/2020 to 4/21/2020
When: Tuesday, March 3, 2020
12:00 PM
Where: Webinar
United States
Contact: Sam Alpert

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Guardianship Webinar Series 

-Each webinar is approved for 1.0 CLE credit, 7.0 CLE credits total. 

This is a seven-part webinar series focused on guardianship issues in Montana. Registration is $175.00 for the full series. Once registration is completed, a link to each individual webinar will be sent via email prior to the webinar date. All webinars take place at noon on their scheduled date. 



March 3rd - Demystifying the Guardianship and Conservation Process
Kathryn Munro 

This presentation will cover the reasons you would need to file for a guardianship and conservatorship, the types of G/Cs, and the impact of a G/C.  Discussion will include presenting yourself in court, navigating the court system and court room, and court etiquette. The procedure to obtain a G/C will be discussed, including appointments by the court of a doctor, visitor and attorney for the Ward, notice requirements, issues to address at the hearing, and how to add additional information at the hearing. You will learn about the Order the court issues and your Letters of Guardian and Conservator, what they are and how to use them, and what your duties are after the hearing.


March 17th- Diminished Capacity - What Is It and How Do We Recognize It's Effects? 
Susan Gobbs

 Susan will talk about many aspects of mental capacity. She will discuss what it means, how to assess it, what levels are needed for certain transactions, how to work with folks with limited capacity, how it factors into legal work, and many other pertinent topics. She will also dispel some myths, define commonly confused terms, and describe strategies to mitigate the effects of diminished capacity. 


March 24th- Adult Guardianship: National Reform Trends
Dari Pogach

This presentation will provide an update of guardianship legislation across the country and a review of the new model guardianship law - the Uniform Guardianship, Conservatorship and Other Protective Arrangements Act (UGCOPAA). Learn about promising developments in legislation and practice, including Working Interdisciplinary Networks of Guardianship Stakeholders (WINGS), which now exist in at least 26 states, including Montana.


March 31st - Representation of Persons Facing and Under Guardianship in Nevada
Homa S. Woodrum

Guardianship representation in Nevada underwent a sea change in 2015 when the Nevada Legislature made provision for free representation of persons facing guardianship, among other reforms.  This was followed by the Protected Person's Bill of Rights in 2017.  Learn about the difference guardianship counsel has made in Nevada and ethical considerations associated with representing individuals facing and under guardianship.


April 7th - Least Restrictive Approaches to Supporting Individuals as Decision Makers
Theresa Baldry

 Are you aware of what options, besides guardianship, exist to support people in making decisions?  During this webinar, we will:
Take a look at the incidental impacts a guardianship could have on an individual;
Review tools to help determine what decisions an individual needs to make in directing their own life, what their current skills are, and what their preferences are for being supported without taking away legal rights; and Discuss some of the available decision-making support options, from a least to most restrictive perspective.  


April 14th - Preserving Individual Dignity and Self-Determination in Guardianship Work 
Tal Goldin

Full guardianships impose broad and sweeping limitations on the most basic civil and human rights of the individual under guardianship.  A relic of paternalistic views of disability and the concept of parens patriae, judicial guardianships are no longer the legal state-of-the-art.  This seminar will examine guardianships from a civil and human rights perspective with a focus on the individual's right of self-determination and human dignity enshrined in the Montana Constitution and foundational international human rights documents and explore strategies attorneys and advocates can use to preserve individual rights through effective alternatives to guardianship and in last-resort guardianship proceedings.  


April 21st - The Guardianship Challenge: Crafting Fiduciary Appointments Properly Limited in Scope
Hon. Daniel Wilson

 Judge Daniel Wilson will be discussing the use of mediation as a tool for limiting guardianships and conservatorships.


Registration: $175.00

Registration for this webinar involves two steps – please follow the link on the Thank You for registering page to finalize registration.


 If you have any questions, please email or call Sam at 406-447-2213.