The joint Guardianship, Probate, Trust, Elder Law Bench-Bar meeting gave attorneys in attendance a whole lot of useful information on what’s new to protect one of our community’s most vulnerable populations.

Nevada Deputy Secretary of State, Gail Anderson highlighted new features added to the Nevada Lockbox program including, the request to nominate guardian form and the guardianship nomination registry. The new additions to the Lockbox program are aimed at protecting individuals in need of a guardian. The form provides for a way to nominate a guardian and keep it in the Secretary of State Lockbox to ensure the ward’s wishes are met. Online resources for Lock Box can be found on the Nevada Secretary of State website.

Nevada state Senator Nicole Cannizzaro and Jay P. Raman from the Clark County District Attorney’s office covered the topic of elder abuse and reviewed some of the legislative changes that have been made to protect older adults and reduce the potential of exploitation.  View Senate Bill 229

The Nevada Lockbox is an electronic registry, established in 2008, is securely maintained on the Nevada Secretary of State website. Lockbox contains electronic reproductions of each document filed by registrants. The Nevada Lockbox has two filing components: the Advance Directive Registry and the Guardianship Nomination Registry.

The Advance Directive Registry is a simple and secure system to ensure that the medical wishes of those registered are followed. Copies of filed advance directives are kept confidential but readily available to those registered and to their health care providers, when needed, 24-7.

A presentation was also made on how law firms can to get paralegal help on projects without staffing up.

Bench-Bar meetings are great opportunity for attorneys to grab lunch, get the latest court news and learn secrets to being more effective in court. Attending lawyers are invited to raise issues, ask questions and make suggestions.