ASAGA is pleased to announce that the Alaska Court System now has a Guardianship Help Line for day to day questions 264-0520 and is taking on the monthly classes offered by ASAGA. Classes are free and you can learn more and register HERE. You will be re-directed to the court website.
ASAGA will offer from time to time special event trainings and they will be listed here for information and registration.
Sept 13th from 12pm to 1:30pm When Guardianship Ends REGISTER
Eva Khadjinova, Supervising Attorney with Alaska Legal Services Corporation will join us for When Guardianship Ends. When an individual passes away, the guardianship and conservatorship order ends upon their passing. With limited ability once a person passes as a guardian or conservator, many families and friends then need to handle final affairs and distribute assets which can be difficult without a will or legal assistance. Please join us to learn what a guardian and conservator can do upon a person’s passing and other steps and resources that can be utilized to assist finalizing the affairs of a loved one or client. This session will be recording and uploaded to the ASAGA website.
Sept 20th from 12pm to 1:30pm Managing Social Security Benefits REGISTER
Learn the roles and responsibilities that federal law requires of those Representative Payees who manage Social Security and/or SSI benefits on behalf of another individual. This presentation will also compare/contrast duties of a court appointed conservator or guardian to those of an SSA selected “rep payee.” ASAGA welcomes Nathan Cole, Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration. We cannot record this session.
September 25th: Successful Transition from Guardianship to a Supported Decision-Making Model to Independence: A Case Study REGISTER
ASAGA is thrilled to welcome Shannon Butler, professional guardian in Minnesota and NGA board member along with Kerry Gerber, a former protected person as they share their story from guardianship to SDMA. We hope to have permission to record this session.
September 27th from 12 to 1:30pm: Dealing with Difficult Individuals; A Workshop for Family Members and Professionals REGISTER
ASAGA welcomes back Laura Volmer, former ASAGA board member from Fairbanks! In this workshop we will look at some of the behaviors that make certain individuals and family systems difficult to work with, understand some of what underlies these challenges, and discuss ways to work with these individuals and systems. The workshop will include practical strategies for communication, ways to document interactions, and how to maintain professional demeanor with challenging people. This session will be recorded.
October 4th from 12 to 1:30pm: Stepping Down from Guardianship REGISTER
Alaska may have alternatives to guardianship such as POA’s or SDMA’s but what are the steps to deciding if an adult with vulnerabilities is capable and then proving to the court that a court order is no longer necessary. Lisa Wawrzonek, NGA board member and Guardianship Compliance Officer will take a look at some ideas and tools you might be able to use for one tasks or both. This session will be recorded.
October 25th from 12 to 1:30pm: Role of the Court in Adult Guardianship and Conservatorship REGISTER
ASAGA is thrilled to welcome former Magistrate Judge Craig Condie who will discuss the role of the court system when a petition for guardianship or conservatorship is filed or under review.
November 8, 2023 from 12 to 1:30pm: Medicaid Qualifying Trusts REGISTER
ASAGA welcomes back Patrice Icardi who will discuss the in’s and outs of Medicaid Qualifying Trusts in Alaska. This session will be recorded.
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