Guardianships, Conservatorships and Alternatives Thereto - DAY 1 AND DAY 2

Event Start:
09/23/2021 9:00 AM
Event End:
09/23/2021 12:00 PM

Dates and Times:
Day 1 Webinar: Thursday September 23, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – noon
Day 2 Webinar: Thursday September 30, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – noon

Program Fee: $125 (Attend BOTH Days)

These programs are online only.

CPCS has approved this program for 3.0 credit hours per day for MHLD panels and for 1.5 hours for CAFL for Day 2 only. 

Massachusetts Guardianship ConferenceMGA members will receive a coupon code from MGA to get a $25 discount off either of these pricing options.

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  • Opening Remarks by Chief Justice John Casey, Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court Division
  • What We Can Learn from Britney Spears: When Guardianships and Conservatorships Go Wrong, Moderator: Marlee Cowan, Esq.
    • Seth Urbanoski, Esq., Seegel Lipshutz Lo & Martin
    • Michael Scott, Esq., ADA Bristol
    • Valerie Rust, Esq., CPCS
    • Hether Cahill, Esq., Burns and Levinson  
  • Navigating the interplay between Health Care Proxies, Powers of Attorneys and Court Appointed Individuals, Moderators: Meredith Havard, Esq. & Lisa Judkins
    • Shelly Oaks, professional guardian & conservator
    • Erin Bradbury, Esq., Law Office of Erin Bradbury
    • Joan Legraw, Esq., Regional Coordinator, CPCS, Mental Health Litigation
    • Hon. Susan Tierney, Associate Justice, Probate and Family Court


  • Keynote Address by Patricia Keane Martin, Esq., and Lisa M. Neeley. Esq.: Case Law update.
  • Issues involving minors, grandparents, custody, and parental contact – Moderator: Michelle Sikes, Esq.
    • Hon. Claudine T. Wyner, Associate Justice, Probate and Family Court
    • Robert Fuster, Esq.
    • Debra Smith, Esq. 
    Disputes in guardianship: to litigate or mediate? Moderators: Amy Kisby Mullen, Esq. & Virginia Connelly, Esq.
      • Julie Kefi, LSW, CNG, Jewish Family and Children’s Service
      • Hon. Susan Ricci, (Ret.)
      • Angelina Stafford, Esq., Doherty Wallace Pillsbury & Murphy PC
      • Laura Sanford, Esq. 

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