Prof. Dorothy Jackson recently published a booklet titled A Layman’s Guide to Elder Law and Estate Planning. The project was made possible through the generous financial support of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Foundation.
The project is part of the SULC Elder Law/Succesions Clinic’s outreach services. The materials cover a variety of topics such as the function of wills and trusts and the practical/legal importance of the successions process, as well as the relevancy of executing advanced directives and powers of attorney.
“Aging people, family members, and property–they are the elements of discord during family crisis,” Prof. Jackson noted. “You may think that planning for less than better days is morbid and depressing, but the truth is, putting your legal and financial affairs in order before the need arises is the loving choice for your family.”
Prof. Jackson is an associate professor of clinical legal education at the Southern University Law Center where she directs the Elder Law/Successions Clinic, as well as teaches a class on matrimonial regimes and successions, donations, and trusts. The purpose of her clinic is to allow students to gain an increased understanding of the substantive laws affecting the elderly. Students are exposed to various areas of elder law, including but not limited to Medicaid and other government benefits, guardianship, wills, housing, consumer fraud abuse, and neglect. The cases handled by the Elder Law/Successions Clinic consist primarily of civil matters where students represent the indigent elderly in district court and in administrative hearings. The Elder Law Clinic also handles all simple successions.