LAS Fall Webinar Series on Elder Abuse

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COVID-19 has changed our world. Amidst this new backdrop, let's explore the protection of seniors' rights together.

About this Event

Thank you for joining us for Legal Assistance for Seniors’ Fall Webinar Series on Elder Abuse. As you may know, LAS was originally planning to celebrate our 15th Annual Conference with attendees in person this year in May. Life in the Age of COVID-19 changed those plans, but technology will allow us to present you and your colleagues with valuable information on issues affecting seniors today.

This year’s webinar is brought to you in partnership with Golden Gate University, the special host of this webinar series. We extend our deep gratitude to our sponsors, partners and volunteers for their time and generosity. Without their commitment and support, this webinar series would not have been possible.

LAS’ four-part webinar series is open to the public, free of charge, though a donation of $25 per webinar event will be gratefully appreciated and accepted in order to support our work. We hope you find the presentations informative and useful.

Each webinar will run approximately 90 minutes in length, featuring a presentation on the particular topic followed by a live, moderated Q&A session. We encourage everyone to come prepared with questions to submit to our panelists.

For questions, email us at or visit our website at

Session Information

Webinar 1: Toward a More Just, Less Ageist Society: An Elder Justice Agenda

Date: Tuesday, September 15 from 12:00 to 1:30 PM

Presenter: Lisa Nerenberg, MSW, MPH, Executive Director, California Elder Justice Coalition

Drawing from her 35 years as an advocate, Lisa Nerenberg will trace the forces that have given rise to the elder justice movement. These include heightened attention to ageism, the acceptance of elder abuse as a public health concern, and the global movement to adopt a universal convention for the rights of older people. Ms. Nerenberg will describe a framework for enhancing individual rights and social justice at the individual, interpersonal, community, and systemic levels. In doing so, she offers a vision for a more just society for older adults and people of all ages who aspire to live long and healthy lives.

Webinar 2: The Aging Landscape in California: An Overview of the 2020 Budget, Legislation, COVID Policy Response and the Master Plan for Aging

Date: Tuesday, September 22 from 12:00 to 1:30 PM


- Kevin Prindiville, Esq., Executive Director, Justice in Aging, and

- Claire Ramsey, Esq., Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging

California’s older adults are facing daunting challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Second LAS Webinar will focus on these matters, as well as on other important issues facing seniors in the golden state. In addition to an overview of the 2020 Budget, legislation and the state’s Master Plan for Aging, the presenters will provide insight into getting more involved in aging policy advocacy efforts.

Webinar 3: Recognizing, Preventing and Addressing Financial Elder Abuse

Date: Tuesday, September 29 from 12:00 to 1:30 PM


- Kimberly Swierenga, Esq., MBA, Swierenga Law & Mediation, and

- Elena Ro, Esq., Assistant Regional Director, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Fraud is often thought to refer to stranger-induced scams such as fake credit card schemes, lottery and prize promotions, and phony investment sales--typically sold through the internet, tele-marketing, or by direct mail. However, most financial abuse and exploitation is committed by “trusted others” – individuals such as relatives, caregivers, fiduciaries, financial planners, insurance agents, and other professionals or advisers who are in close relationships with a vulnerable senior and, therefore, in a position to exploit that relationship. Financial exploitation of seniors is a growing problem. This webinar will seek to explain these matters and help individuals learn how to avoid such fraud.

Webinar 4: The Future is [almost] Here: Electronic Wills in California

Date: Tuesday, October 6 from 12:00 to 1:30 PM

Presenter: David Little, Esq., Hartog, Baer & Hand

The digitization of all things has only become more urgent with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Some states have enacted legislation to allow electronic wills, updating laws that go back centuries. California’s electronic will statute has not been enacted, but recent cases in other states have allowed electronic wills, even without legislation. David Little will explain these cases, other state’s laws, and California’s proposed legislation.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education credits are available (1 hour per webinar) for California Attorneys and Professional Fiduciaries. Sessions have also been submitted to CAPAPGPC and approved as outside training for Public Administrators, Guardians, and Conservators. Continuing Education credits for BRN and CAMFT licensed professionals are available and will be provided by the Institute on Aging (IOA). Please see below for more information on the IOA provided credits.

Continuing Education Information---IOA (1 - 1.5 hours Continuing Education Units): BRN (RNs only); CAMFT (serves LCSWs, MFTs, LPCCs and LEPs). IOA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) Provider # CEP13610. IOA is also approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for this program. IOA maintains responsibility for the course and its content. Course meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. CAMFT provider number is #135377.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Diamond Level Sponsor

Michael Stephens, Probate & Trust Realtor

Platinum Level Sponsor

Campbell Green LLP, Trust & Estate Attorneys

Gold Level Sponsors

Acuña Regli, LLP

The Tile Shop

Silver Level Sponsors

Anderson Yazdi Hwang Minton & Horn LLP

Fiduciary Accounting Services, LLC

Mechanics Bank Wealth Management

Meredith Taylor, IMT Associates

Bronze Level Sponsors

21st Century Care Solutions

A.R.M. Homes

Center for Elders' Independence

Golden Gate Fiduciary Services

Ingrid M. Evans, Evans Law Firm, Inc.

John Balquist Fiduciary Services

Law Office of Srinoi G. Rousseau

Merlander Company

The Office of Supervisor Wilma Chan

Professional Fiduciary Association of California, East Bay Chapter

Ruth Stroup, Farmers Insurance

LAS would also like to thank:

Golden Gate University, for co-hosting the webinar series and providing technical assistance and support.

Institute on Aging (IOA) for their sponsorship of education credits, as well as their continued support.

CAPAPGPC for its work to provide continuing education units for attendees.

Alameda County Area Agency on Aging for sustained program support.

East Bay Foundation on Aging, for their partnership with LAS.

Becca Bloom of BB Events for helping to coordinate the logistics of the webinar series. Please visit BB Events website for more details:

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