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Can 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.