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Take a course in the comfort of your home or office. ElderCounsel offers recorded classroom sessions on elder law and other special programs and practice areas below. All purchases include course materials.

Elder Law Planning

Estate Planning

Medicaid Planning

Medi-Cal Planning
Practice Development 

Special Needs Planning

Symposium 2016

Veterans Pension Planning

  • VA Accr  

    VA Accreditation Webinar (2017)

    By: Mike Weeks, JD, CELA

    Are you looking for a CLE course to maintain your VA Accredited Attorney status?  Attorneys accredited by the VA must take 3 hours of CLE within their first year of accreditation, and an additional three hours every two years thereafter.  This series is designed to satisfy the VA Accreditation CLE requirements for attorneys who have already been accredited.  You should be accredited PRIOR to taking this webinar. 

    Topics for this webinar will cover the required core topics:
    • Representation before the VA
    • Claims procedures
    • Basic eligibility for VA benefits
    • Dependency and indemnity compensation
    • Improved pension
    • Right to appeal
    • Other VA benefits
    • Planning in a future world of the VA transfer penalty
    • Case studies
    CLE CLE: 3 hours 

    Member Price: $279.00 Retail Price: $379.00
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  • Adv Medi-Cal  

    Advanced Medi-Cal Planning 2017 (3 part video series)

    By: James Watson, JD and Laura Srebro, JD

    Many Medi-Cal planning attorneys help seniors and their families when a health care crisis strikes, resulting in a financial crisis. But what if you could help a family before a health care crisis strikes, saving them thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of worry and stress?

    Help seniors and their families by creating an asset protection plan BEFORE a crisis strikes. This advanced Medi-Cal Planning course will focus on the use of irrevocable trusts, including important drafting goals, how to deal with the home and avoid estate recovery, and how to obtain the best tax treatment for assets held in the irrevocable trust. Additional areas include:
    • Changes to the Medi-Cal recovery rules under SB 833
    • Trust funding and administration
    • Review of additional documents that complete the asset protection plan
    • Other planning methods including the use of Petitions to the Court 

    CLE  CLE: 6 hours

    Member Price: $495.00 Retail Price: $595.00
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  • Advanced VA Pension Planning  

    Advanced VA Pension Planning Webinar (2017)

    By: Michael Smith, JD, and Angela Manz, JD

    This 3-hour advanced VA pension planning webinar will discuss changing topics of which you need to be aware, such as what to do with the house, the Medicaid effect of VA benefits, and how to handle requests from the VA after an application is filed.

    We will also offer suggested guidelines for how long, or whether to delay applying, where there are significant transfers of income-generating assets; considering the VA's income verification matching at time of application. Lastly, we will discuss the proposed regulatory changes, how it will affect your clients, and what to do now.

    Topics Covered:
    • The House
    • Medicaid Interplay with VA
    • Responding to the VA – Development letters
    • Income Verification Matching
    • Accrued Benefits – when a claimant dies
    • Overpayments
    • Proposed Regulatory Changes
    CLE CLE: 3 hours 

    Member Price: $279.00 Retail Price: $379.00
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  • VA Camp  

    Veterans Pension Planning Immersion Camp (2017)

    By: Michael Smith, Esq. and Doreen Seamon, Esq.

    There are over twenty one million Veterans in the United States and nearly all of them may be eligible for VA Pension benefits. The Veteran’s Administration (VA) offers a monthly cash payment to wartime veterans who meet certain service requirements. These benefits may also go to the spouse of a deceased Veteran.

    If you want to gain the skills and knowledge to help Veterans, this is the place to start. The opportunities for an elder law attorney who provides service to veterans are vast. Attend this program and gain the knowledge and confidence you need to be profitable in this area of law.


    CLE: 10.75 hours

    Member Price: $795.00 Retail Price: $895.00
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  • elder law ethics  

    Elder Law Ethics (2016)

    By: Todd Whatley, Esq., LL.M, CELA

    Who is your client? Can you share client conversations with family members? What steps are taken to ensure your client has capacity? How do you handle payment by someone other than your client? Experienced Elder Law practitioner and Chair of the National Elder Law Foundation, Todd Whatley, will address these issues and more.

    CLE CLE: 1 hour ethics
    Length: 65 minutes

     ElderCounsel members: View this course complimentary in the Education Library.

    Member Price: $0.00 Retail Price: $95.00
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  • The Nitty Gritty of Medicaid and VA Applications  

    The Nitty Gritty of Medicaid and VA Applications

    By: Whitney M. Wilson, JD, Elder Law of Louisville and Angela N. Manz, Esq., The Law Office of Angela N. Manz

    The Medicaid and VA application process can be complicated and somewhat intimidating the first time, and sometimes even the second and third time, you do it. We want to help you navigate this process and will break it down for you.

    We will provide tips and tricks to help you navigate the detailed nuances of compiling and completing a Medicaid and VA application. 

    We’ll cover:
    • The right time for filing an application
    • The best method for filing
    • Which forms to use and subtle ways to complete those form
    • Which documents, information, and calculations to provide up-front
    • Which documents to provide only if requested
    Duration: 3 hours, 25 minutes

     CLE: 3 hours
    Member Price: $195.00 Retail Price: $295.00
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  • MAPT Drafting  

    Medicaid Asset Protection Trust (MAPT) Drafting Workshop

    By: Brian Albee, JD, Howard Krooks, Esq., CELA, and Michael Amoruso, Esq.

    Recorded at Symposium 2016

    Join us for a half-day of intensive education covering everything from grantor trust rules used when drafting Medicaid Asset Protection Trusts (MAPTs), to crucial design choices you must make when drafting. The class begins with why you would use an irrevocable trust and ends with tips on how to help clients understand the value of this type of trust with lots of law and drafting help in between.

    Length: 4 hours, 48 minutes

     ElderCounsel members: View this course complimentary in the Education Library.

    Member Price: $0.00 Retail Price: $395.00
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  • SS  

    Anatomy of a Social Security Disability Case (2 part, streaming)

    By: Linda DeWitt, Esq.

    Social Security is not just for the retired population. Disability is not just for those injured workers among our younger population. A Social Security disability case may be the best legal strategy for an older worker who is closely approaching retirement age, yet has been stricken with an injury or illness that now prevents work.

    This course will provide you with an overview of the process for adjudicating a disability claim, key tips for representing older claimants, and instruction on how to receive fees for your services. Topics covered:
    • Administrative process
    • Two types of benefits: SSDI, SSI
    • The law and where to find it
    • The five-sequential-step process
    • Medical evidence
    • Vocational evidence
    • How to get paid
    CLE CLE: Up to 4 hours
    Length: 4 hours

    Member Price: $295.00 Retail Price: $395.00
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  • Medi-Cal  

    Medi-Cal A-Z (2017)

    By: Phil Lindsley, JD, CELA and Andrea Gherini, JD

    Learn the rules and strategies of Medi-Cal Planning. If you are new to this area, this course will get you up-to-speed and arm you with the strategies to handle crisis planning and begin taking on new clients. Topics covered include:
    • What does it mean to have a Medi-Cal practice?
    • Current Medi-Cal rules
    • Probate Code 3100 Petitions
    • Preparing the Medi-Cal package: forms and beyond
    • California's new estate recovery rules and how they affect future planning

     CLE: 12 hours

    Member Price: $595.00 Retail Price: $695.00
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  • Medicaid Planning  

    Medicaid Planning for Wartime Veterans - The Balancing Act (streaming)

    By: Dawn Weekly, JD

    Elder Law Masters Course Session

    Balancing Medicaid planning with VA pension benefits is never easy, especially when dealing with married couples. With the VA set on changing its eligibility rules, will this get easier, or more difficult? This session will cover how to weigh the benefits of Medicaid vs. VA pension, and how that balancing act may change when we see new VA pension rules.

    Length: 50 minutes

    Member Price: $125.00 Retail Price: $150.00
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