Resource of the Month: Elder Law Resources



11/03/2017
By Jonathan Watson, Law Librarian

November/December 2017 Post

 

In light of National Family Caregivers Month (November 2017) and Universal Human Rights Month (December 2017), you might consider doing research on elder law in California. After all, according to Grama (2004), elder law practice encompasses the following topics:

 

“…Medicare, Social Security, guardianship proceedings, estate planning, financing nursing home care, pension and other retirement plans, elder abuse, and family matters, such as grandparent visitation and even divorce…”

 

 

Given the diversity of elder law litigation, Solano County Law Library possesses several print or electronic resources that customers can access at our location:

 

  • California Conservatorship Practice (CEB): While geared towards legal experts, the series addresses topics such as establishing temporary and permanent conservatorship, estate management, and LPS conservatorships.  Available in print and via the database CEB OnLAW (Solano County Law Library only).
     

  • California Elder Law Litigation (CEB): As another title geared towards legal experts, the volume contains detailed information on elder abuse topics. There is ample information that pertains to financial abuse (whether by a business or a beneficiary) and filing actions against nursing homes or residential care facilities. Available in print and via the database CEB OnLAW (Solano County Law Library only).
     

  • California Elder Resources, Benefits and Planning (CEB): This is another attorney-oriented title that addresses elder law, though covers the insurance and government benefit aspects of elderly clients. Available in print and via the database CEB OnLAW (Solano County Law Library only).
     

  • Long-Term Care (Nolo): A self-help title that addresses the planning and paying of long-term care. There are chapters devoted to topics such as the prevention of elder fraud, an overview of government benefits, and making insurance decisions. It is a comparable resource to California Elder Resources, Benefits and Planning, though the content might be easier for laypersons to understand.  Available in print and via the database Legal Information Reference Center (accessible in-person at Solano County Law Library; available 24-7 via Solano County Library).
     

  • Plan Your Estate (Nolo): A self-help title that addresses topics related to estate planning. There are chapters devoted to estate taxes, avoiding probate, and developing plans for issues ranging from medical to burial decisions. Available in print and via the database Legal Information Reference Center (accessible in-person at Solano County Law Library; available 24-7 via Solano County Library).

 

This posting only addresses a few resources, as Solano County Law Library possesses even more materials on legal topics such as trusts, probate, wills, and even pension and retirement benefits.  Law Library staff can also refer customers to online self-help resources that pertain to grandparent visitation and divorce. Also, be sure to check out the free or low-cost legal services that are geared towards seniors in Solano County: http://solanolibrary.com/legal-assistance.

 

Any materials shared by Solano County Law Library is for informational purposes only and should not be interpreted as legal advice. Please contact a lawyer for advice on specific legal issues.



 
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