Ethical and Practical Issues Facing the GAL in Contested Adult Guardianship Cases (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $140 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 10/02/2021

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A pre-recorded streaming video replay of the October 2018 webcast, Ethical and Practical Issues Facing the GAL in Contested Adult Guardianship Cases.


Topics Covered

  • Be aware of what you are not—You’re not the attorney for anyone and you are not a temporary guardian
  • Look out for subtle bias in yourself—The longer you talk to counsel, the more plausible their story is going to seem
  • Don’t get caught in the triangle—To whom you should talk and how much you should share
  • Stay in control—Can you get discovery? How about additional medical reports? Who is monitoring deadlines?
GAL for Incapacitated Persons Continuing Credit Hours: 2.0

GAL Information

 

A guardian ad item in a contested adult guardianship matter faces unusual pressures. There are often experienced litigators on both sides who want to use you to their advantage, and the court generally wants to stay at arm’s length from you. It can feel like you have no friends. This program will explore some of the issues that you will face in these cases as well as provide practical pointers on how to stay in control.

 
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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS


Rebecca Hryvniak,
Scott| Kroner, PLC / Charlottesville

Ms. Hryvniak joined Scott Kroner, PLC in 2011.  She began her law practice at a mid-sized law firm in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with a focus on estate planning and creditors’ rights.  Ms. Hryvniak has continued to grow in both of these practice areas and represents clients in the areas of estate planning and administration, guardianship, creditor's rights and collections, and general civil litigation. Ms. Hryvniak appears regularly in courts throughout the Central Virginia area representing individual and business clients. 

Ms. Hryvniak is a court-certified guardian ad litem for incapacitated adults and frequently represents parties in guardianship litigation as well as serving as guardian and conservator for incapacitated adults.

Neal L. Walters, Scott| Kroner, PLC / Charlottesville

Neal L. Walters maintains a general civil practice, handling litigation in state and federal courts throughout the Commonwealth. He also represents clients in non-litigation transactional matters including real estate, business transactions, and estate planning.  Mr. Walters has a particular interest in appellate matters, having served in the Office of Staff Counsel at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and having represented litigants in over 100 cases in the Fourth Circuit while in private practice. In addition, Mr. Walters was a lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law for more than fifteen years and was the Supervising Attorney in charge of the Appellate Litigation Clinic there.

Mr. Walters has a family member with a disability and consults with clients regarding special needs trusts and other disability-related matters, and has represented plaintiffs in litigation seeking to expand access to services for persons with disabilities. He is a court-certified guardian ad litem for incapacitated adults and frequently represents parties in guardianship litigation as well as serving as guardian and conservator for incapacitated adults.

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