UH Manoa Elder Law Program offers free six-week course to kupuna this fall

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Aug 6, 2008

HONOLULU - "Plan for the Worst and Expect the Best" is the motto of the University of Hawaiʻi Elder Law Program (UHELP). To help older persons plan for a long and contented life, UHELP presents a free non-credit course at the William S. Richardson School of Law designed for older persons, family members, and caregivers. Participants may be of any age and of any educational level and do not need a legal background to attend.

The program provides participants with information on some of the same subjects studied by regular law students in the areas of elder law, health law, bioethics, and consumer law. Classes will meet once a week for six weeks from September 17-October 22, 2008 at the Law School on the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus. The one-hour class starts at 1 p.m.

A Law School professor, the UHELP staff, and law students in the Advanced Elder Law Clinic will conduct the course. Each attendee will receive a legal handbook for reference.

The curriculum covers basic legal information for older persons, their families and caregivers. Topics include:

· Legal Planning For The Future: Incapacity, Protective Services, Guardianship/Conservatorship and their Alternatives

· Legal Planning for the Future: Medical Treatment and Health Care Decisions, Including End-of-Life Decisions

· Financing Health Care and Long-Term Care: Medicare and Medicaid Fundamentals

· Basic Estate Planning, including Wills, Trusts, Probate, Gifts, and Taxes

· Caregiving Issues: Hiring a Caregiver, Coping with Death and Hiring a Lawyer

Each lecture builds on the ones before and people are encouraged to attend each week. There will be an optional final examination during the last class—those who attend all classes and pass the examination will be presented with a certificate of course completion.

The course and the handbook are provided free as a community service of the Law School. Senior clubs are particularly encouraged to attend.

Parking in the campus parking structure costs $3.00/day. Except for those with disabled parking permits, parking is extremely limited and attendees are encouraged to carpool or to utilize public transportation.

Reservations are required. Seating is limited to the first 50 applicants. For more information or to make reservations for the course, please call UHELP at 956-6544.