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Date(s) - 06/19/2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


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When the Guardian is an Abuser

When: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

Courts name guardians to protect adults from abuse, neglect, or exploitation; however, in some circumstances, guardians are perpetrators of such actions. Guardians wield immense power over adults in their care. More information is needed on the extent and consequences of abuse by guardians. However, recent media reports, as well as reports by the Senate Special Committee on Aging and the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and Background Briefs by the National Center for State Courts, highlight egregious cases in which guardians have taken advantage of their positions. What can an advocate do when a guardian becomes an abuser?

In this webcast, we will cover the following on abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation by family or nonprofessional and professional guardians:

  • Case examples
  • Detection
  • Reporting
  • Court response and intervention
  • Finding systemic solutions

This webcast is  part of the National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER) Elder Justice Toolkit, and builds on previous Toolkit webcasts, including Elder Abuse: Mandatory and Permissive Reporting For Lawyers and Signs of Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation.


  • Dari Pogach, Staff Attorney, American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging
  • Erica Wood, Assistant Director, American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging
  • Jim Berchtold, Attorney, Consumer Rights Project, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada

Register here.

Closed captioning will be available on this webinar. A link with access to the captions will be shared through GoToWebinar’s chat box shortly before the webinar start time.