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Diminished Capacity: Legal Representation with Knowledge, Compassion and Ethics

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Produced on September 17, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 2m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Ethics Elder

Course Description

Diminished capacity is a general term, but it has far-reaching implications for that person’s life and the attorney who represents or counsels them. The course, presented by experienced elder law practitioner Veronica Escobar, will define what diminished capacity is, and the medical or psychiatric conditions that create it. It will also examine how and when attorneys can work with these persons (or not), as established by our ethics rules.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Determine the answer to the following question: what is capacity?

  2. Define diminished capacity

  3. Identify the medical or psychiatric conditions that create diminished capacity

  4. Review the signs of diminished capacity

  5. Know whether an elder law or estate planning attorney can work with a client with diminished capacity

  6. Examine the ethical issues and ethics rules implicated when addressing diminished capacity

Credit Information

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Veronica Escobar

The Law Offices of Veronica Escobar

Native New Yorker Veronica Escobar has been practicing law in her home state for very close to sixteen years. For the past ten and a half years, she has been the Principal and Founder of The Law Offices of Veronica Escobar, a practice focusing exclusively in the areas of Elder Law, Special Needs Planning, and Trusts and Estates. She has two offices, one in her home borough of Queens and the other on the island of Manhattan.  

What she likes most about her practice is being able to connect to individuals and families during what can be difficult life moments and creating solutions through careful and considered planning. As she often says, “ I like leaving my clients in a better place than when I encountered them.”  Naturally, she extends this into her experience as a writer and lecturer to lawyers and the public on issues in elder and special needs law and estate planning. 

Veronica is admitted to practice in the state of New York. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and the United States Supreme Court.  She graduated summa cum laude from Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham University, where was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in American Studies and a minor in Latin American/Latino Studies.  Veronica also received her law degree from Fordham, where she was a Notes and Articles Editor of the Fordham International Law Journal. She is a member of NYSBA and the New York City Bar. She is also chair of the Solo and Small Firm Affinity Group and the AAC Solo and Small Firm Subcommittee at her alma mater, Fordham Law.


Stephanie C.

Excellent and thorough presentation. Well done!

Melissa H.

Comprehensive and helpful lecture


Great overview and presentation. Thank you!!

David Z.

The speaker presented the material very clearly

Robin B.

Great course concerning a very important topic. Enjoyable speaker.

Patricia H.

This should be a required course for all attorneys, especially any attorney that does Wills, etc.

Mickelle W.

Very good presentation.

Lucius L.

This is a fantastic course with well-organized subject matter that is taught by a person who is not only very skilled in the area, but personally cares that clients get the fairest representation possible. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! THANKS!

Olga A.

Concise, well organized and informative. An excellent job.

Mia V.

Thank you!

Melissa M.

Very thorough

Channa R.

Very informative and relevant information.

Antonio M.

Excellent presenter

holly m.

Nice to have a relaxing background. Good course

Kate C.

Interesting course!

Russell B.

Thank you for a sensitive approach to evaluating and dealing with this issue.

Janice F.

Very interesting and an engaging presenter

Heather F.

Exceptional presentation! Well thought out and very imformative!

April W.

Great presentation Appreciated how well prepared she was for this hour

Frank R.

presenter was just great

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