CLE: Guardian Advocacy
Presented by the Community Law Program,
Bay Area Legal Services and Legal Aid of Manasota
Friday, October 24, 2014
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
St. Pete College EpiCenter
13850 58th St. N., Rm. 1-451
Clearwater, FL 33760
This program is offered FREE to train pro bono and legal aid attorneys how to prepare for and present a guardian advocacy case. Agree to assist a sponsoring legal aid entity with a guardian advocacy case and register for free. The course is also offered at a reasonable cost for those unable to pledge their time. Steve Hitchcock, Esq., of Special Needs Lawyers, P.A., Clearwater; Michael W. Porter, Esq., M. W. Porter Law Firm, St. Petersburg; and Hon. Sean O. Cadigan, General Magistrate, 13th Judicial Circuit, Probate Division, are well-qualified to present this thorough and detail-oriented seminar.
8:50‐9am Welcome & Introductions - Mr. Hitchcock
9:00‐9:50am What is guardian advocacy? Who qualifies? When is guardian advocacy appropriate? - Mr. Hitchcock
10‐10:50am Ethical representation in a guardian advocacy case? Who is your client? ‐ Mr. Porter
11‐11:50am A‐Z forms and pleadings needed to prepare a guardian advocacy case. - Mr. Hitchcock
Noon‐1pm LUNCH SPEAKER - Court Preferences & Requirements - Magistrate Cadigan
1‐1:50pm Mock Hearing: Experience a walk-through of the hearing process and presentation of evidence.
Then learn about the guardian advocate’s post appointment documentation, reports, authority
and more. - Magistrate Cadigan, Mr. Porter and Mr. Hitchcock
2:00‐2:50pm County Specific Issues & Requirements and Q&A - Mr. Porter and Mr. Hitchcock
2:50‐3pm Closing & Adjourn
• FREE: I agree to take a Guardian Advocacy case pro bono from:
Bay Area Legal Services Volunteer Lawyers Project
Community Law Program, Inc.
Legal Aid of Manasota
• $40 full-time legal aid attorney
• $100 member or staff of member of any regional bar association (Clearwater, St. Pete, West Pasco, Manatee, Sarasota)
• $150 all others
CLICK HERE to download a registration form or register online at www.clearwaterbar.org.
Details to be announced. Contact Kimberly Rodgers, Esq., Executive Director of the Community Law Program at 727-582-7480 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.