Honoring Your Father and Mother: A Legal Perspective on Elder Care


Please email:  postmacenter@pinerest.org to be placed on a wait list.  


This conference will explore aspects of legal and practical issues that arise as people age including estate planning essentials, caregiver collective, Medicaid planning and pitfalls, and current topics in elder law. Presenters will identify differences between wills and trusts, how to avoid legal entanglements with your family, differences between Power of Attorney and Patient Advocate, collecting financial information and process for applying for Medicaid. In addition, presenters will identify complex legal issues including competency, family dynamics, and access to community resources.

For more information, please download our flyer.

Cost: No Charge.

RSVP by March 6th, 2018Seating is limited.

Questions: Call 616.222.4566 or email postmacenter@pinerest.org


8:00am – 8:30am Registration and continental breakfast

8:30am – 9:30am The Aging Environment 

Presenter:  Scott Halstead, PhD, Corporate Director Outpatient, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

9:30am – 10:15am Estate Planning Essentials 

Presenter:  John Klees, Estate Planning Attorney, Rhoades McKee

10:15am – 10:30am Break

10:30am – 11:15am  Care Giver Collective 

Presenters:  Pam Cross, Probate and Estate Planning Attorney, Rhoades McKee and Stephanie Beebe Myott, Estate Planning Attorney

11:15am – 11:45am Abuses in Elder Care 

Presenter:  Christopher Becker, Prosecuting Attorney, Kent County

Noon – 1:00pm Lunch (provided)

1:00pm – 2:30pm Medicaid 101 


Katie Aguilar, Elder Law Attorney, Miller Johnson

Susan Meier, Elder Law Paralegal, Miller Johnson

2:30pm – 2:45pm Break

2:45pm – 4:00pm Hot Topics in Elder Law 


Laurie Murphy, Elder Law Attorney, Miller Johnson

Cathy Metzler,  Elder Law Attorney, Miller Johnson

4:00pm  Conclusion

 Learning Objectives:

  • Identifying challenging legal issues within the aging population.
  • Review legal and practical aspects of planning including addressing competency and surrogate decision makers, estate planning, and apply for Medicaid.
  • Network with professional and family caregivers.

CE Credits:

5.5 Social Work continuing education credits awarded.  No partial credits available.

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative. Approved Provider Number: MICEC-0047

Intended Audience:

Social workers, nurses, care managers and other professional and family caregivers.

This event is generously underwritten by Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Rhoades McKee, and Miller Johnson.