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Elder and Veterans Legal Seminar

February 2, 2017

James Pietsch is a professor in the William S. Richardson School of Law at UH Manoa and serves as director of the university’s Elder Law Program (UHELP). He sent out the following email detailing the upcoming Elder and Veterans Legal Seminar.

It is that time of year again–UHELP and the Elder Law-Veterans Focus Clinic are sponsoring a seminar on February 14th, which I think will be of great interest to you. Attached is the flyer.

Not only will we be discussing some interesting matters about planning for incapacity (including potential dementia) and end-of life decisions but two of the panels will have direct applicability to veterans, and specifically veterans who receive health care through Tripler Army Medical Center and at the VA and military retirees who want to know more about legal assistance provided by the armed services.

The opening discussion, “Try to Remember,” from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. will explore basic legal planning for older persons and Special Needs Trusts. This session will also look at how professionals can help plan for potential physical and mental incapacity of patients in order to avoid guardianship, conservatorship and abuse.

A reception and light lunch will be served from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. A $10 suggested donation at the door will cover lunch and the cost of materials.

The second session, “Laws, Ethics, Medicine Autonomy—Deactivating Pacemakers,” from 1:30 – 3 p.m., will specifically look at health-care standards for the implantation and deactivation of Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Devices, including pacemakers in end-of-life care. Discussion will center around the medical, legal, and ethical guidelines to better support the autonomy and independence of patients under current medical and legal standards. The issues arose from a case involving a cardiac patient at Tripler Army Medical Center. The patient is one of the panelists.

The final afternoon session, “Legal Resources for Military Retirees and Their Caregivers,” from 3:15 – 4:15p.m., will explore legal resources for military retirees and their caregivers and the laws and regulations that provide for military legal assistance  for qualified clients.

The seminar is being held in the Moot Court Room at the Law School, which is located at 2515 Dole St. Parking is available in the Quarry parking structure for $5 if entering before 4 p.m.

Participants are asked to register by February 10 by calling UHELP at (808) 956-6544, or emailing

View the seminar flyer here

Special thanks to Robert Lee, the former Adjutant General, for sharing this information.

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