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  • Nov 20, 2020Whose Decision Is It Anyway: Cognitive Decline and the Ability to Sign Legal Documents

    Shana Siegel, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, and Lori Kayne, the firm’s Geriatric Social Worker, will present the free webinar, “Whose Decision Is It Anyway: Cognitive Decline and the Ability to Sign Legal Documents,” hosted by Aveanna Healthcare Concierge Services and co-sponsored by Lester Senior Housing, A JCHC Community.

    About the Cognitive Decline and the Ability to Sign Legal Documents

    This webinar will define “mental capacity” and outline medical conditions that can influence capacity, address common legal documents and the degree of capacity needed to sign them, and discuss methods to maximize capacity.

    When: Tuesday, December 1, 2020

    2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

    Registration: Eventbrite

    About Shana Siegel

    Shana Siegel concentrates her practice in the area of elder law, focusing on representing seniors, individuals with special needs, and their families in connection with life care planning, public benefits, trust and estate planning, and long-term care advocacy. As one of the few Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) in northern New Jersey to be certified by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), Shana has extensive experience in probate and estate administration, asset preservation, supplemental and special needs trusts, planning for disability, guardianship and estate litigation, resident rights, health care decision-making, Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance appeals.

    Shana has been involved in health and long-term care issues for over 25 years. She is a past president of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), where she regularly met with legislators and government officials on behalf of the elder law bar and their clients. In 2015, Shana was invited to join NAELA’s prestigious Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP). Additionally, Shana is a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the New Jersey State Bar Elder & Disability Law Section, and the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association. She is active with the Long Term Living Association, several local chambers of commerce, and Jewish philanthropies.

    About Lori Kayne

    Lori Kayne has been working as a geriatric social worker in the health care field for over 20 years. At Norris McLaughlin, she works in collaboration with an elder care attorney to develop a detailed life care plan that addresses the health, safety, and care concerns of clients as they impact their legal and financial planning. Lori and the attorney work with clients and their families for an extended period helping them navigate the health care maze and plan proactively.

    Lori has previously worked as a Geriatric Care Manager for Generations Counseling and Care Management and Senior Bridge, where she conducted geriatric assessments, developed plans of care, and provided supportive counseling to assist clients with adjustments to illness and changes in lifestyle. She also worked as a discharge planner in a variety of hospital and nursing home settings.

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  • Sep 25, 2020Personal Values: Advance Care Planning and Dementia

    Shana Siegel, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, and Lori Kayne, the firm’s Geriatric Social Worker, will co-present the free webinar, “Personal Values: Advance Care Planning and Dementia,” hosted by the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute as part of their Conversation of Your Life (COYL) series.

    Advance Care Planning and Dementia

    Meant for caregivers, patients, and families, Shana and Lori will be joined by Kim Polachek, Memory Care Advisor at Arden Courts Of Whippany, and Michele Smith, Hospice Liaison of Compassionate Care Hospice, to address how to provide for a loved one with Dementia. They will discuss the importance of communicating wishes before it is too late and the various options available to help document those wishes.

    When: Thursday, October 1, 2020

    noon – 1:00 p.m.

    Registration: njhcqi.org

    About Shana Siegel

    Shana Siegel concentrates her practice in the area of elder law, focusing on representing seniors, individuals with special needs, and their families in connection with life care planning, public benefits, trust and estate planning, and long-term care advocacy. As one of the few Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) in northern New Jersey to be certified by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), Shana has extensive experience in probate and estate administration, asset preservation, supplemental and special needs trusts, planning for disability, guardianship and estate litigation, resident rights, health care decision-making, Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance appeals.

    Shana has been involved in health and long-term care issues for over 25 years. She is a past president of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), where she regularly met with legislators and government officials on behalf of the elder law bar and their clients. In 2015, Shana was invited to join NAELA’s prestigious Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP). Additionally, Shana is a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the New Jersey State Bar Elder & Disability Law Section, and the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association. She is active with the Long Term Living Association, several local chambers of commerce, and Jewish philanthropies.

    About Lori Kayne

    Lori Kayne has been working as a Geriatric Social Worker in the healthcare field for over 20 years. At Norris McLaughlin, she works in collaboration with an Elder Care Attorney to develop a detailed Life Care Plan that addresses the health, safety, and care concerns of her clients as they impact their legal and financial planning. Lori and the attorney work with clients and their families for an extended period helping them navigate the health care maze and plan proactively.

    Lori has previously worked as a Geriatric Care Manager for Generations Counseling and Care Management and Senior Bridge, where she conducted geriatric assessments, developed plans of care, and provided supportive counseling to assist clients with adjustments to illness and changes in lifestyle. She also worked as a Discharge Planner in a variety of hospital and nursing home settings.

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  • Sep 01, 2020Can Someone Help Us? Advocacy in Today’s Healthcare Climate

    Lori Kayne, Geriatric Social Worker for the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, will co-present the free webinar, “Can Someone Help Us? Advocacy in Today’s Healthcare Climate,” hosted by the United Way of Northern New Jersey.

    Advocacy in Today’s Healthcare Climate

    Along with Ruth Rothbart-Mayer, LCSW, Lori will address the changes in emergency rooms, hospitals, or nursing, sub-acute, and assisted living facilities, as well as where to go for help, who to talk to, and how to organize information and prepare the questions to ask in today’s world where no one knows when a health need may go from simple to complex and one must be prepared to navigate the constant updates occurring.

    When: Tuesday, September 8, 2020

    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    Registration: Zoom Meeting

    About Lori Kayne, MSW, C-ASWCM

    Lori Kayne has been working as a Geriatric Social Worker in the healthcare field for over 20 years. At Norris McLaughlin, she works in collaboration with an Elder Care Attorney to develop a detailed Life Care Plan that addresses the health, safety, and care concerns of her clients as they impact their legal and financial planning. Lori and the attorney work with clients and their families for an extended period helping them navigate the health care maze and plan proactively.

    Lori has previously worked as a Geriatric Care Manager for Generations Counseling and Care Management and Senior Bridge, where she conducted geriatric assessments, developed plans of care, and provided supportive counseling to assist clients with adjustments to illness and changes in lifestyle. She also worked as a Discharge Planner in a variety of hospital and nursing home settings.

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  • Aug 19, 2020Can Your Client Decide? The Ethical and Legal Issues of Medical Decision-Making

    Shana Siegel, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, and Lori Kayne, the firm’s Geriatric Social Worker, will present the free webinar, “Can Your Client Decide? The Ethical and Legal Issues of Medical Decision-Making,” hosted by CareOne at Livingston.

    Ethical and Legal Issues of Medical Decision-Making

    Discussion topics will include:

    • Identifying how the social work code of ethics relates to the principles of medical ethics
    • Defining and determining decision-making capability
    • The importance of legal documents related to decision-making
    • New Jersey and Federal laws

    When: Thursday, August 27, 2020

    9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

    RSVP: Jeff Zamor

    (973) 758-4100

    This program has been approved by NASW-NJ for two Ethics, non-clinical credits for social workers. We encourage you to submit your questions beforehand to marketing@norris-law.com. Please put “CEU Seminar” in the subject line.

    If you require special assistance please contact Shana to inform her of your special needs at ssiegal@norris-law.com. Please direct any program questions or concerns to Lori at lkayne@norris-law.com or call (908) 252-4255.

    About Shana Siegel

    Shana Siegel concentrates her practice in the area of elder law, focusing on representing seniors, individuals with special needs, and their families in connection with life care planning, public benefits, trust and estate planning, and long-term care advocacy. As one of the few Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) in northern New Jersey to be certified by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), Shana has extensive experience in probate and estate administration, asset preservation, supplemental and special needs trusts, planning for disability, guardianship and estate litigation, resident rights, health care decision-making, Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance appeals.

    Shana has been involved in health and long-term care issues for over 25 years. She is a past president of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), where she regularly met with legislators and government officials on behalf of the elder law bar and their clients. In 2015, Shana was invited to join NAELA’s prestigious Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP). Additionally, Shana is a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the New Jersey State Bar Elder & Disability Law Section, and the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association. She is active with the Long Term Living Association, several local chambers of commerce, and Jewish philanthropies.

    About Lori Kayne

    Lori Kayne has been working as a Geriatric Social Worker in the healthcare field for over 20 years. At Norris McLaughlin, she works in collaboration with an Elder Care Attorney to develop a detailed Life Care Plan that addresses the health, safety, and care concerns of her clients as they impact their legal and financial planning. Lori and the attorney work with clients and their families for an extended period helping them navigate the health care maze and plan proactively.

    Lori has previously worked as a Geriatric Care Manager for Generations Counseling and Care Management and Senior Bridge, where she conducted geriatric assessments, developed plans of care, and provided supportive counseling to assist clients with adjustments to illness and changes in lifestyle. She also worked as a Discharge Planner in a variety of hospital and nursing home settings.

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  • Aug 04, 2020Can Your Client Decide? The Ethical and Legal Issues of Medical Decision-Making

    Shana Siegel, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, and Lori Kayne, the firm’s Geriatric Social Worker, will present the free webinar, “Can Your Client Decide? The Ethical and Legal Issues of Medical Decision-Making,” hosted in conjunction with Aveanna Healthcare.

    Ethical and Legal Issues of Medical Decision-Making

    Discussion topics will include:

    • How the social work code of ethics relates to the principles of medical ethics
    • Decision-making capacity and the concept of informed consent
    • Ten myths about decision-making capacity and red flags that capacity determination would be needed
    • Clinical approaches to determining medical decision-making capacity
    • Federal and New Jersey laws related to medical decision-making
    • The purpose of a Mental Health Advanced Directive
    • The process that occurs in the absence of legal documents
    • Case examples

    When: Wednesday, August 12, 2020

    9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

    Registration: Eventbrite

    This program has been approved by NASW-NJ for two Ethics, non-clinical credits for social workers. We encourage you to submit your questions beforehand to marketing@norris-law.com. Please put “CEU Seminar” in the subject line.

    If you require special assistance please contact Shana to inform her of your special needs at ssiegal@norris-law.com. Please direct any program questions or concerns to Lori at lkayne@norris-law.com or call (908) 252-4255.

    About Shana Siegel

    Shana Siegel concentrates her practice in the area of elder law, focusing on representing seniors, individuals with special needs, and their families in connection with life care planning, public benefits, trust and estate planning, and long-term care advocacy. As one of the few Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) in northern New Jersey to be certified by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), Shana has extensive experience in probate and estate administration, asset preservation, supplemental and special needs trusts, planning for disability, guardianship and estate litigation, resident rights, health care decision-making, Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance appeals.

    Shana has been involved in health and long-term care issues for over 25 years. She is a past president of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), where she regularly met with legislators and government officials on behalf of the elder law bar and their clients. In 2015, Shana was invited to join NAELA’s prestigious Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP). Additionally, Shana is a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the New Jersey State Bar Elder & Disability Law Section, and the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association. She is active with the Long Term Living Association, several local chambers of commerce, and Jewish philanthropies.

    About Lori Kayne

    Lori Kayne has been working as a Geriatric Social Worker in the healthcare field for over 20 years. At Norris McLaughlin, she works in collaboration with an Elder Care Attorney to develop a detailed Life Care Plan that addresses the health, safety, and care concerns of her clients as they impact their legal and financial planning. Lori and the attorney work with clients and their families for an extended period helping them navigate the health care maze and plan proactively.

    Lori has previously worked as a Geriatric Care Manager for Generations Counseling and Care Management and Senior Bridge, where she conducted geriatric assessments, developed plans of care, and provided supportive counseling to assist clients with adjustments to illness and changes in lifestyle. She also worked as a Discharge Planner in a variety of hospital and nursing home settings.

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  • Jul 09, 2020Protecting Solo Seniors in the COVID-19 World

    Shana Siegel, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, and Lori Kayne, MSS, LSW, C-ASWCM, the firm’s Geriatric Social Worker, will co-present the free webinar, “Protecting Solo Seniors in the COVID-19 World,” hosted by SOMA Two Towns For All Ages.

    About Solo Seniors and COVID-19

    Discussion topics will include:

    • Solo seniors
    • Special risks solo seniors face
    • How solo seniors can protect their medical and financial needs
    • Financial exploitation
    • Strategies to protect solo seniors
    • Available resources for solo seniors

    When: Wednesday, July 15, 2020

    4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

    Where: Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 868 9824 7367

    Password: 888627

    By phone: (312) 626-6799

    About Shana Siegel

    Siegel concentrates her practice in the area of elder law, focusing on representing seniors, individuals with special needs, and their families in connection with life care planning, public benefits, trust and estate planning, and long-term care advocacy. As one of the few Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) in northern New Jersey to be certified by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), she has extensive experience in probate and estate administration, asset preservation, supplemental and special needs trusts, planning for disability, guardianship and estate litigation, resident rights, health care decision making, Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance appeals.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Siegel was with WanderPolo & Siegel for over 10 years, five of which were as principal. She has been involved in health and long-term care issues for over 25 years. Siegel is a past president of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), where she regularly met with legislators and government officials on behalf of the elder law bar and their clients. In 2015, she was invited to join NAELA’s prestigious Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP).

    Siegel is a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the State Bar Elder Law Section, the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association, and the Bergen and Essex County Bar Associations. She earned her J.D. from Georgetown University, with honors, in 1994 and her B.A. from Barnard College, with honors, in 1989.

    About Lori Kayne

    Kayne has worked in the healthcare field for over 20 years. In collaboration with a client’s attorneys, she conducts Geriatric Assessments and develops detailed Life Care Plans to address any care, legal, or financial issues the client may have.

    Prior to joining the firm, Kayne was an Elder Care Coordinator at WanderPolo & Siegel. Kayne earned her M.S.S. from Bryn Mawr College in 1983, and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Bucknell University. She holds a Certificate in Elder Care from Stockton University and a Certificate of Gerontology from Rutgers University.

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  • May 05, 2020Shana Siegel and Lori Kayne to Present at New Jersey State Bar Association 2020 Annual Meeting

    Shana Siegel, Chair of the Norris McLaughlin Elder Care and Special Needs Law Practice Group, along with Lori Kayne, the firm’s Geriatric Social Worker, will present “Solo Seniors: Who Are They? How and Why Are Their Legal Needs Different?” on Thursday, May 14, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m., for the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) 2020 Annual Meeting.

    “We’re honored that we have been invited to talk about this important subject which we are so passionate about and is critical for all attorneys to be made aware of, especially during these unprecedented times,” said Siegel.

    Kayne added, “We are dedicated to advocating for those who cannot speak for themselves to make sure their wishes are honored and that they are protected from exploitation. We are truly appreciative of the NJSBA to allow us this opportunity to educate others who can also be advocates for this vulnerable group.”

    About the NJSBA Elder and Disability Law Program

    Hosted by the NJSBA Elder and Disability Law Section, this program will address the topic of solo seniors, including the demographic and societal changes leading to the rise in seniors aging independently, their special estate planning needs, and the ethical and practical issues of representing them, especially when there is no appointed fiduciary.

    The multi-day event, May 13-15, being held virtually this year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, will feature speakers and presenters including members of New Jersey’s federal and state, appellate, and local courts. The NJSBA serves, protects, and promotes the personal and professional interests of its members, serving as the voice of New Jersey attorneys. It fosters professionalism and pride in the profession and the NJSBA, as well as provides educational opportunities to New Jersey attorneys to enhance the quality of legal services and the practice of law. For more information and to register, visit njsba.com.

    About Shana Siegel and Lori Kayne

    Siegel concentrates her practice in the area of elder law, focusing on representing seniors, individuals with special needs, and their families in connection with life care planning, public benefits, trust and estate planning, and long-term care advocacy. As one of the few Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) in northern New Jersey to be certified by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), she has extensive experience in probate and estate administration, asset preservation, supplemental and special needs trusts, planning for disability, guardianship and estate litigation, resident rights, health care decision making, Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance appeals.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Siegel was with WanderPolo & Siegel for over 10 years, five of which were as principal. She has been involved in health and long-term care issues for over 25 years. Siegel is a past president of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), where she regularly met with legislators and government officials on behalf of the elder law bar and their clients. In 2015, she was invited to join NAELA’s prestigious Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP).

    Siegel is a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the State Bar Elder Law Section, the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association, and the Bergen and Essex County Bar Associations. She earned her J.D. from Georgetown University, with honors, in 1994 and her B.A. from Barnard College, with honors, in 1989.

    Kayne has worked in the healthcare field for over 20 years. In collaboration with a client’s attorneys, she conducts Geriatric Assessments and develops detailed Life Care Plans to address any care, legal, or financial issues the client may have.

    Prior to joining the firm, Kayne was an Elder Care Coordinator at WanderPolo & Siegel. Kayne earned her M.S.S. from Bryn Mawr College in 1983, and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Bucknell University. She holds a Certificate in Elder Care from Stockton University and a Certificate of Gerontology from Rutgers University.

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