The 2022 edition of the Elder Law Education Guide (ELG), the 13th edition of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s resource guide on a wide range of legal issues affecting the lives of older adults, is now available online. The ELG was produced by the MBA's Elder Law Advisory Committee with the generous assistance and continued collaboration of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
The new edition contains a COVID-19 Checklist and Resources section with updated resources and recommendations on the forms and decisions older adults should have ready in light of the pandemic. The ELG also provides the latest information on important legal issues, such as MassHealth (Medicaid), Medicare, reverse mortgages, veterans benefits, long-term care insurance and other relevant topics for older adults.
This year, the Elder Law Advisory Committee has added a new section, Chapter 16, on retirement planning considerations for older adults, and has reorganized other chapters to help readers easily find information on homesteads and life estate deeds. In addition, Chapter 1, titled "Important Questions and Answers for Older Adults,” now serves as a summary of all the chapters in the guide.
To coincide with the publication of the ELG, the MBA's Elder Law Advisory Committee and volunteer attorneys will once again partner with senior centers and councils on aging to offer presentations on legal topics of importance to older adults. Presentations will take place virtually or in person depending on the preferences and health protocols of each organization.
The ELG will be distributed online to all participating organizations in the commonwealth. It is also available to all members of the public to read or download for free online at www.massbar.org/elderlaw.