Webinar: Ethical Considerations in the Practice of New York State Article 81 Guardianship Law: Part I - The Petition and Hearing

The Coalition to Assist Limited Capacity New Yorkers presented webinar panel discussions on navigating the ethical challenges that arise in the practice of Article 81 guardianship from petitioning for the appointment of a guardian to the conclusion of the guardianship. Practitioners serving in different roles offered their perspectives on recognizing and addressing ethical problems that arise during the guardianship process.Panelists discussed how ethical issues impact their practice as they promote the best interests and dignity of those they serve. 

PART 1 - SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 


Video Recording

Panelists will explore the difficult ethical questions that arise for practitioners from both the private bar and public interest sector. Topics will include whether to represent the petitioner, identification of the client, conflicts of interest, and evaluating capacity. We will also explore the ethical dilemmas that court evaluators, counsel to the alleged incapacitated person, and temporary guardians encounter in this phase of the process. 

Confirmed Panel Participants Include:

  • Debi Korzenik, Senior Associate General Counsel at Mount Sinai Health System
  • Thomas C. Catapano, Assistant General Counsel, Office of Legal Affairs, NYC DSS, HRA, Department of Homeless Services
  • Peter J. Strauss, Senior Partner, Pierro, Connor & Strauss LLC
  • Felice Wechsler, Principal Attorney, Mental Hygiene Legal Service
  • Stuart Sherman, Senior Staff Attorney, LegalHealth, New York Legal Assistance Group

The discussion was one hour followed by a 30-minute Q&A, and took place on Thursday, September 30th, from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m