The Empowered Paralegal: Working with the Elder Client Book Review

I don't know what it was that I expected when I picked up a copy of Robert Mongue's latest book, "The Empowered Paralegal: Working with the Elder Client" but that wasn't as important as the fact that I just couldn't put it down. This is a book for everyone. While it is written specifically for paralegals, just substitute any position and you have a book that teaches you how to deal, motivate and learn from the older generations. This publication is not only for paralegals, it can be read by lawyers, administrators, legal secretaries - practically anyone who works in... Read more →

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Paralegal Buys Law Practice from Elderly Lawyer for $20.00

This goes right up there in the "Hall of Shame" red file. According to the ABA Journal (quoting from the Orange County Register in Orange County, CA), a paralegal "bought" a law practice valued at $750,000 from an elderly, 84-year-old lawyer for $20.00. The lawyer, suffering from dementia, sold his practice to 42 year-old Mario David Abernathy of Garden Grove, CA. Abernathy was sentenced to two years in state prison for felony grand theft from an elderly person. He was also ordered to pay $15,300 in restitution to the victim. In addition, the grant deed and documents transferring the victim's... Read more →

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District attorney recognizes paralegal for law enforcement assistance

Sure like it when everyday citizens find & help solve crimes! Read all about it in this article from California's Auburn Journal: "The message from the Placer County District Attorney's Office was that law enforcement can't go it alone. "'Many ignore the call,' District Attorney Brad Fenocchio said, during a ceremony honoring several who stepped up to assist an investigation or put a suspect behind bars. "Area residents who went above and beyond that call stepped up Tuesday before the Board of Supervisors to receive praise and certificates from the District Attorney's Office. [snip] "Paralegal Gayle McMorow noticed some inconsistencies... Read more →

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"Senior Legal Hotline connects seniors with the experts"

Sounds like a good volunteering opportunity described in this Chico, CA newspaper article. Does your local government or bar association offer similar programs? "The Senior Legal Hotline is surely one of the best kept secrets. The hotline provides California residents over the age of 60 with fast, accurate advice on any legal subject by phone, from Social Security issues to age discrimination, housing and elder abuse. "Sound too good to be true? The service is provided by a team of lawyers, paralegals [volunteer info PDF], interns and volunteers who help more than 10,000 callers a year solve problems faced by... Read more →

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On the job: Certified case manager, geriatric care manager, & paralegal

Don't think I've ever known a paralegal who wears such different career 'hats'! Jeanne Tolomeo: Certified case manager; geriatric care manager; paralegal; Fletcher, Tilton & Whipple What do you do? “'I am a caretaker. That’s my case manager part. I work with (the law firm’s elderly) clients and make sure they have the best care possible, whether it is in their home, assisted living or a nursing home. I make sure that they are happy with all their care — with their care, their food, physical therapy. I make sure everybody works as a team with them. I am also... Read more →

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Legal Research Guide: Elder Law

The Virtual Chase points to elder law info from the ABA: "Legal Guide for Older Americans: The American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging makes available a legal information guide for seniors. It provides an overview of 10 topics, including age discrimination, retirement rights and benefits [PDF link], Medicare, housing and long-term care [PDF link]. Each chapter consists of a separate PDF document." Read more →

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