6/22/17 – The MLO Minute: The Elder Access to Justice Round Table
On Friday, June 16, 2017, McAndrews Law Offices’ Elder Law and Estate Planning attorneys Anthony L. Marone and Jennifer Simons attended the annual Elder Access to Justice Round Table. The Round Table is an important event in Montgomery County where professional guardians, trustees, financial planners, attorneys and advocates for the elderly meet and exchange information about servicing this vulnerable portion of the population. The subject of this years Round Table was “Seniors and Civil Rights.”
The Round Table featured a variety of speakers and subjects addressing civil rights and seniors. This years keynote speaker was Teresa Osborne, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging, who discussed the challenges of providing services to the elderly population of the Commonwealth. The Honorable Lois Murphy, the Administrative Judge of the Montgomery County Orphans’ Court, led a panel discussion regarding the power of the police and aging services to address elder exploitation. Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf attended the event and gave the attendees insight into the pending legislation affecting health care.
The four break-out sessions conducted after the panel discussion included seminars on subjects such as how to differentiate between “heirlooms or hoarding” and when to allow a senior “the right to be wrong.” Dean Beer, Esquire, a former attorney from MLO who is currently the Public Defender of Montgomery County, spoke on a panel about the issues facing the elderly in prison and when an exploited senior becomes a participant in a criminal enterprise.
By attending events such as the Round Table, the attorneys at MLO continue to strive to increase their knowledge-base and network of professionals to address the many needs of the most vulnerable citizens of Pennsylvania.