Norfolk & Plymouth Estate and Business Planning Council

Diminished Capacity: Guiding Clients Through Difficult Decisions

Thursday, November 3, 2016

8:30 AM - 11:00 AM  - Lantana, 43 Scanlon Drive, Randolph, MA 02368


About this presentation...

As a trusted advisor who is involved with clients and families over a long period of time, you will face situations where your client’s cognitive and/or physical health may be in question.

This presentation will assist you in understand the areas of competency and capacity, identify “red flags” when working with clients experiencing cognitive decline, examine the legal and clinical aspects of dealing with incapacity, identify resources when you are in crisis mode, and plan proactively to protect you and your clients.

Meet Our Panel:

Kate Granigan, MSW, LICSW, C-ASWCM

Ms. Kate Granigan is a licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College in 1994. She has worked as a clinician in the field of aging for over 20 years. Ms. Granigan founded C.A.R.E., a Care Management practice, in 1999, and in June of 2009 C.A.R.E. merged with Overlook Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice Services, part of the non-profit Masonic Health System, were Ms. Granigan acted as the Vice President of Care Management until 2016.

Ms. Granigan is currently the Chief Operating Officer for LifeCare Advocates, a care management practice with a team of Professional Care Managers, both nurses and social workers that provide assistance, advocacy and guidance to elders and their families.

Ms. Granigan is an active member of the National Association of Social Work (NASW) and Aging Life Care Association (formerly National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers- NAPGCM), and Past President of the NAPGCM-New England Chapter. Ms. Granigan was the recipient of the “Member of the Year” award in 2015.

Ms. Granigan is active in the community, a former Board Member for the Scituate Council on Aging, and a current Board Member for Massachusetts Guardianship Association, and Secretary/Treasurer of National Academy of Certified Care Managers (NACCM). Ms. Granigan lectures regularly on topics related to aging, caregiving, and elder care.

Steven M. Cohen, Partner at Pabian & Russell, LLC

Mr. Cohen is one of Greater Boston's most noted elder attorneys, working for the elderly and disabled. For over twenty years he has been dedicated to educating professionals and the community on the intricacies of elder law.

Steven received his undergraduate degree cum laude from Brandeis University and law degree cum laude from Boston University School of Law. He is a member of the Public Policy Committee of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder law Attorneys. He was co-chair of the elder and disability law committee of the Boston Bar Association from 2006 to 2012. He is co-author of the Nursing Home Medicaid Eligibility Chapter in Estate Planning for the Aging and Incapacitated Client in Massachusetts published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.

Mr. Cohen speaks regularly before senior and professional groups including the American Bar Association, the Boston Tax Institute, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Harvard Medical School, as well as to health care professionals in hospitals and nursing homes. Mr. Cohen has been named a “Massachusetts Super Attorney” by Boston Magazine in the elder law category every year since 2006.

"As an elder law attorney, I often work with families facing a crisis. It can be heartbreaking for a spouse to have to place their husband or wife in a nursing home. I feel a great responsibility sharing these moments with my clients, and I take care to clearly explain the law so they understand their rights and feel comfortable that they have all the information they need to make the best decision for their family."


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