On-Demand Video

Guardianship – Proposed Legislation (2023 Estate and Elder Law Symposium Session)

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  • Start Date:2023-02-14 19:00:00
  • End Date:2025-02-14 19:00:00
  • Length:
  • Level:Various
  • Topics:Elder Law

$79.00 ["ProPass"]

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Current hot topics in guardianship law include certification of professional guardians and training for lay guardians, least restrictive alternatives, and mandatory appointment of legal counsel for alleged incapacitated persons. Your presenters want you to be prepared to handle the practical pleading and practice changes associated with these topics and potentially hot-off-the-press legislative changes.

Recorded at the Estate and Elder Law Symposium in February 2023.


Patrick Cawley Esq.

Patrick Cawley, Esq. is the owner of Keystone Elder Law P.C. in Mechanicsburg.  He previously served as Counsel to the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee and in that capacity worked extensively on legislation aimed at reforming the guardianship system. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Notre Dame.

Sally Schoffstall Esq., CELA

Ms. Schoffstall is the founding member of Schoffstall Elder Law, LLC, a firm dedicated to the practice of elder and special needs planning law, guardianship, estate planning, and estate administration. She is certified as an elder law attorney (CELA) as conferred by the National Elder Law Foundation and authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Ms. Schoffstall is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and a founding member of the Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys (PAELA). She currently serves as Treasurer of PAELA and a member of its Board of Directors. Ms. Schoffstall is an invited member of the Special Needs Alliance, a national nonprofit organization of attorneys dedicated to assisting individuals with disabilities and their families. In 2011, she was presented with the Excellence in Elder Law Award from the Elder Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, “in recognition and appreciation of her superior professional efforts in the field of elder law, significant contributions to the legal profession, and noteworthy service to the elderly.” In 2013, she was honored to receive the Outstanding Member Award from PAELA. Ms. Schoffstall possesses Martindale Hubbell’s highest lawyer rating of AV® given to those select attorneys who have reached the highest standards of professional excellence. Ms. Schoffstall graduated, Phi Beta Kappa, from Oberlin College, where she double-majored in English and Economics (Honors). She received her juris doctor degree from the Cornell Law School. Ms. Schoffstall has served, since 1998, as a speaker for the annual Elder Law Institute sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and as a course planner from 1998-2018.

Pamela Walz Esq.

Ms. Walz is a Supervising Attorney at the Health and Independence Unit at Community Legal Services (CLS) in Philadelphia, where she represents low-income older adults and individuals with disabilities in matters involving nursing home and personal care home residents’ rights, access to home and community based long term services and supports, public benefits and guardianship. In addition to representing clients, Ms. Walz engages in administrative and legislative policy advocacy and provides community education on elder law issues. She is an appointed member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Advisory Council on Elder Justice in the Courts. She also serves as a consumer advocate on the Long Term Services and Supports Subcommittee of the Department of Human Services’ Medical Assistance Advisory Committee. Ms. Walz is the immediate past Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Elder Law Section. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1989 and graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 1986 with a degree in English Literature.

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