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A Basic Guide to Conservatorships: What It Is and How It Works

Introduction to Conservatorships

A conservatorship is a proceeding where court appoints a responsible person (called a conservator) to care for another adult who cannot care for him or herself physically or financially (called a conservatee). 

There are two kinds of conservators. A conservator of the person cares for and protects a person when the court decides that the person can no longer do it. A conservator of the estate handles the conservatee’s financial matters, such as paying bills and collecting a person’s income. The court can order a conservator of the person or estate or both. 

Elder Abuse Legal Development Presentations Press

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, ClearLaw Institute Webinar on Identifying Financial Elder Abuse and Advising Your Client in Pursuit of Legal and Nonlegal Remedies

The webinar will provide you with practical tips on how to identify when a client is a victim of financial elder abuse, and steps that can be taken to protect the elder. You will also receive specific examples of who are the most likely perpetrators of financial abuse, how they accomplish the abuse, what red-flags are indicative of financial abuse, and what to do once you suspect financial abuse is occurring. Finally, you will explore available legal remedies to help you assist the elder or concerned family member in stopping the abuse and recovering assets. To learn more click this link to ClearLaw Institute Webinar on Identifying Financial Elder Abuse and Advising Your Client in Pursuit of Legal and Nonlegal Remedies.

Elder Abuse Estate Litigation Presentations Trust Litigation

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, California State Bar Webinar on Standing Issues in Trust, Estates and Elder Abuse Litigation

Establishing standing is a prerequisite to pursuit of any court action. There are many traps for the practitioner due to the differences in who may pursue certain claims in the different types of litigation. This webinar, facilitated by David Knitter, will provide a summary of who has standing to pursue actions in a multitude of different trust and estate proceedings, elder abuse matters, and power of attorney actions. To participate in this webinar, please click here.

Elder Abuse Press

Tech-enhanced Life: Elder Dignity, Autonomy and the Need for Protection from Abuse

Whether we are dealing with the difficult issues of how to convince dad to give up the car keys, mom’s need for placement in a facility, or fear of money being improperly acquired by a scammer, dignity of the elder must not be disregarded in the name of protection. The question posed is how to maximize the preservation of dignity in the face of true need for protection of the elder? This article addresses the issue as it relates to financial abuse of elders, but the principles are equally applicable in other situations.

Estate Litigation Presentations Trust Litigation

Presented at 88th Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California

Attorney David G. Knitter presented at the 88th Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California on Friday, Oct. 9, in Anaheim. He was part of a three attorney panel which presented a presentation entitled, “Understanding Remedies for Financial Elder Abuse,” which provided training and education for California attorneys seeking to protect elders from different forms of elder financial abuse.

The panelists provided guidance and tips on when and how to get social services or law enforcement involved; how to resolve the problem without litigation; and what remedies are available under the consumer protection statutes, elder abuse statutes and the Probate Code.

Estate Litigation Presentations Trust Litigation

Presented at 87th Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California

David G. Knitter spoke during the Conduct A Better Deposition in Trust and Estates Litigation session at the 87th Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California, San Diego California, September 2014.

This program was to provide practical tips for preparing and conducting a witness deposition. Learn the different approaches and proven techniques, and leave armed with practical tips that you can immediately apply in your law practice.


NAELA Ad/Lit Section Webinar Jan 8 2020

Build on your knowledge bank. Learn how to gain an advantage in most cases and even level the playing field against the beneficiary who is also the acting fiduciary. The webinar will discuss pretrial strategies to take control of the case  from the outset, including how to prevent assets from disappearing, neutralize the fiduciary opponent and more. The focus will cover a variety of tools that can be used such as preventing use of trust assets to defend contests, interim orders of suspension and removal, injunctive relief, lis pendens, attacking pleadings, and necessary discovery. The webinar is geared to assist both the new and experienced litigation practitioner.

Tools of Litigation
Presented by: David Knitter

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Free registration for Advocacy/Litigation Section Members

Elder Abuse Presentations

2012 7th Annual Conference on Elder Abuse

Legal Assistance for Seniors hosted its 7th Annual Conference on Elder Abuse on May 21, 2012, at the UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.  David G. Knitter took part in this year’s Conference. The title of David’s session was “Undue Influence — How to Identify Who is the Con” presented to professionals working in fields related to aging, family violence and elder abuse.

Undue Influence How to Identify the Con

More than 280 participants spanning a wide range of disciplines—

Elder Abuse Presentations

2011 6th Annual Conference on Elder Abuse

Legal Assistance for Seniors (LAS) hosts its 6th Annual Conference on Elder Abuse. This state-wide conference is an essential educational and networking opportunity for attorneys, social workers and medical professionals, as well as law enforcement officials and government agencies who work in the field of aging and elder abuse.

This year David G. Knitter presented a session titled, “Understanding & Proving Undue Influence to Fight Elder Abuse”.


The Reporter: Pair safeguard seniors from financial abuse

A new multidisciplinary team, combining the expertise of law enforcement officers, bankers, real estate professionals, physicians and attorneys, recently formed in Solano County to help combat financial elder abuse.

The Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST) was founded by Vacaville attorney David G. Knitter and is headed by coordinator Steve Hosking, a retired but very active 30-year law enforcement professional who, during his last six years with the Vacaville Police Department, specialized in elder and dependent abuse cases.

Read the complete article online at The Report, “Pair safeguard seniors from financial abuse”.

The Reporter: Pair safeguard seniors from financial abuse