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Availability of Legal Services CLE: What Every Lawyer Should Know About Public Benefits

  • 20 Apr 2018
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • 1942 Broadway Suite 205

What Every Lawyer Should Know About Public Benefits – Guidance for attorneys when dealing with public benefits issues that they encounter in other areas of practice.

Summary-

Public benefits issues can arise in all areas of law.  As an elder law attorney, you may need to understand how your client’s estate plan will affect eligibility for long-term care Medicaid.  As a family law attorney, you may need to understand how a divorce will affect your client’s (or your client’s ex-spouse’s) eligibility for public benefits.  As an immigration attorney, you may need to understand how your client’s status affects eligibility for various public benefits.  These are just a few examples of how public benefits issues come up in the everyday practice of law. 

The Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct require attorneys to represent clients competently (C.R.P.C. 1.1).  An understanding of public benefits law will help you to advise and represent clients competently when public benefits issues arise.

The attorneys on the panel will discuss the basics of:

  • 1.       Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI);
  • 2.       Colorado’s public benefits programs, including Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Food Assistance (Food Stamps), Old Age Pension (OAP), and Aid to the Needy Disabled (AND); and
  • 3.       Health care benefits, including Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Format-

  • I.                    Introduction – Erin B. Eastvedt - 10 minutes
  • a.       Description of how public benefits issues occur in multiple areas of law.
  • b.      Introduction of Speakers
  • II.                  Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • a.       Christina Ebner, 30 minutes
  • III.                Colorado Public Benefits
  • a.       Peter Komlos-Hrobsky, 30 minutes
  • IV.                Health Care Related Benefits
  • a.       Joel Hayes, 30 minutes
  • V.                  Questions – 10-20 minutes
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