Spring 2013 Registration: Elder Law

Bernard Faller, who will be teaching Elder Law in the Spring 2013 term, asked that the following be circulated to students in advance of registration.


Elder Law is a practical course on dealing with older folks in the vastly empty field of elder care law in Kentucky.  Understanding how to work with older people will be relevant in almost all areas of law.  Aging baby boomers are the largest demographic in our society and will remain so for several decades.  Attorneys will interact with this huge group as clients, and as their children.

Some of the topics covered will be an overview of the field of elder law, legal documents for older folks, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Veteran's benefits, living arrangements, health care decision making, ethical issues, guardianship, trusts, probate, understanding insurance and financial documents, and how to interview prospective clients.  The last class will be the business of running a business.  Whether you become a business owner or an employee, you should understand how a firm generates business, good business practices and how an employer determines your value to the firm and thus, compensation.

Bernard Faller is the founder and managing partner of Kentucky ElderLaw, PLLC, Kentucky's largest pure elder law firm.  He will be assisted in some classes by Misty Clark Vantrease and Kelly Gannott.  All three were classmates in the Brandeis class of 2001.  Rhoda Faller, spouse, an attorney since 1978, will also assist in one class.


If you have further questions about the content of the course, a syllabus and course outline are available from the office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.