LAWS150 Elder Law

Department of Business Studies: Paralegal/Law

I. Course Number and Title
LAWS150 Elder Law
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
LAWS100 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course gives an overview of all areas of the law which concern the elderly client such as elder abuse, living facilities, insurance, estate planning and healthcare. Attention is focused on drafting documents such as advance directives, Power of Attorney, wills, trusts and guardianships.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. Recognize the special nature of the elder client and the ethical considerations pertaining to those clients;
    2. Evaluate and assess the advantages and disadvantages of various estate planning directives and documents, including power of attorney, living wills, advanced directives, and guardianship agreements;
    3. Identify the availability and limitations of the federal and state programs for the elderly;
    4. Understand the insurance issues facing the elderly including health, long term/life insurance, as well as social insurance programs, with an emphasis on social security;
    5. Demonstrate an understanding of the various living facilities available to the elderly; and
    6. Use problem solving methods to recognize and remedy elder abuse.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    The following topics are presented:
    1. Introduction to Elder Law and Elder Care
    2. Ethical considerations in Elder Law
    3. Living Wills - Advanced Directives
    4. Estate Plans and Financial Planning
    5. Trusts - Living Trusts
    6. Power of attorney and guardianship
    7. Federal and State Insurance
    8. Living facilities for the elderly
    9. Social Security
    10. Health Care and the Elder Client
    11. Probate Issues
    12. Insurance
    13. Elder Abuse
    14. Ethics
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Exams, quizzes, classroom exercises, class or online participation, and/or projects as specified by the area faculty and described in the individual instructor's course syllabus are utilized.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 12/2015; New Core 8/2015; Revised 12/2015