Welcome to the 2020 PLAN Virtual Statewide Conference

All workshops will be presented virtually by webinar on the Zoom platform. You must register for individual workshop webinars by clicking the Register for the Webinar button appearing in the workshop description and completing the registration information to be admitted into the webinar.

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Elder Law [clear filter]
Thursday, September 17

10:00am EDT

Representing Nursing Home Residents in Involuntary Nursing Home Discharges and COVID-related Transfers
Involuntary discharges are one of the most common legal problems faced by nursing home residents. Nursing facilities initiate these discharges when residents have behavioral health issues they find difficult to address, when payment disputes arise, and sometimes simply because they would rather have residents with a better-paying source of coverage.

And it's not uncommon for nursing facilities to try to discharge these residents to homeless shelters, motels or other places where their care needs will not be met. Fortunately, strong legal protections are available to prevent these outcomes.

Join us to learn how to represent these very vulnerable clients and about partnering with the long term care ombudsman program. We will also discuss transfers related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the protections available to nursing home residents in these situations.


Pamela Walz

Supervising Attorney, Community Legal Services
Pamela Walz is a Supervising Attorney in the Health and Independence Unit at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia (CLS), where she represents low-income older adults and younger adults with disabilities in matters involving access to publicly funded long term services and supports... Read More →

Thursday September 17, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
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Monday, October 5

2:00pm EDT

Using Actions in Quiet Title and Ejectment to Protect Older Clients
This sixty-minute panel presentation will introduce participants to the key difference between actions in ejectment and to quiet title, with emphasis on how both may offer older clients protection from abuse and financial exploitation.

The presentation will also provide a brief overview of the necessary steps to prepare for litigate, and or resolve quiet title cases. Finally, a portion of the program will highlight ways to help older clients avoid the need for these actions, namely by educating and advising them of the critical importance of basic estate planning.

SeniorLAW Center's Assistant Director of Victim Services, Brendan Corbalis, and Lamont Edwards will provide an overview of the entire process using case studies of clients they have represented.

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Pilar Diaz

Staff Attorney, SeniorLAW Center
Pilar Diaz, Esq. is a staff attorney for SeniorLAW Center in the Philadelphia office. Pilar handles a variety of legal matters, including actions in ejectments and quiet title matters. She is a passionate advocate for victims of crime, helping provide creative solutions for seniors... Read More →
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Brendan Corbalis

Assistant Director Victim Services, SeniorLAW Center
Brendan Corbalis, Esq. serves as SeniorLAW Center’s Assistant Director for Victim Services. A graduate of NYU and Yale, Brendan received his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law. Prior to joining the SLC team, practice areas included social security disability appeals, family... Read More →

Monday October 5, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
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Tuesday, October 6

10:00am EDT

Avoiding and Transition from Nursing Homes: Accessing the Community HealthChoices Waivers
Given the alarming rate of COVID-19 infections and deaths in nursing homes, residents are desperate to get out of these congregate settings and others are anxious to avoid nursing home placement. Instead they want to receive Medicaid-funded waiver services and supports delivered in their own homes.

This session will describe and provide practice tips on navigating the clinical and financial eligibility maze of Medicaid's Community HealthChoices waiver, including how to use income-spend-down trusts for individuals who would not otherwise be financially eligible for the waiver. The Community HealthChoices-required nursing home transition process will also be covered.

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Amy Lowenstein

Supervising Attorney, Pennsylvania Health Law Project
Amy Lowenstein is a Supervising Attorney at the Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP) where she focuses on improving access to Medicaid services—particularly in Pennsylvania’s managed long-term services and supports program—through policy analysis, systems advocacy, and direct... Read More →

Kate Vengraitis

Staff Attorney, Community Legal Services
Kate Vengraitis is an attorney in the SSI and Health and Independence Units at Community Legal Services. Ms. Vengraitis began her career at CLS as a law student intern in 2013. Her practice focuses on representing adults and children facing issues attaining and maintaining Supplemental... Read More →

Tuesday October 6, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
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