This program will cover the nuts and bolts of preparing an Article 17-A guardianship petition for Surrogate’s Court. In addition to explaining the technical requirements for a successful petition, the program will include an important and timely discussion led by the Honorable A. Gail Prudenti (Interim Dean of Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law, Retired NYS Chief Administrative Judge, former Suffolk County Surrogate’s Court Judge) and the Honorable John M. Czygier, Jr. (current Suffolk County Surrogates Court Judge) about future of Article 17-A guardianship in light of proposed legislation and a pending federal court challenge. The role of the court-appointed Guardian Ad Litem in 17-A proceedings will be explained. Neuropsychologist Hilary Gomes, Ph.D. will discuss the range of abilities and needs of the developmentally disabled population and will explain how to decipher and best utilize psychological evaluation reports when submitting guardianship petitions. Alternatives to 17-A guardianship for protecting those with developmental disabilities will also be discussed.
Nassau Suffolk Law Services is launching anew pro bono project providing pro se legal assistance to low income clients seeking 17-A guardianship. Tuition of the CLE program will be waived for those who agree, when they register, to volunteer for the new pro bono project.
Hon. A. Gail Prudenti, Hon. John M. Czygier, Jr., Regina Brandow, Esq., March Bekerman, Esq., Robert Harper, Esq., Hill Gomes, Ph.D., and Ellen Krakow, Esq.