Web News: July 2018

Empire Justice Center July 31, 2018

New NCLER Website Launches

The National Center on Law & Elder Rights (NCLER) announced the launch of a new website.  NCLER is a national resource center for the legal services and aging and disability networks, focused on the legal rights of older adults.  Providing webinars, trainings, written materials, and case consultations, NCLER is a one-stop resource for professionals serving older adults with the greatest economic and social needs.  NCLER is administered by Justice in Aging in partnership with the National Consumer Law Center, the ABA Commission on Law & Aging, and The Center for Social Gerontology, under contract with the Administration for Community Living’s (ACL) Administration on Aging.  https://ncler.acl.gov.


Disability Terms Defined

Almost 40 million people in the United States have a disability, according to 2015 U.S. Census figures, but the language used around disabilities can be a mystery, fraught with acronyms and legalese.  The radio program Marketplace defined a few of those terms to help you navigate the world of disabilities.  https://www.marketplace.org/2018/06/22/life/understanding-language-disability.


FOIL Access Improved

Governor Cuomo announced “Open FOIL NY,” a “new website that provides easy and       unparalleled access to public records in New York.”  https://www.ny.gov/programs/open-foil-ny#_blank.


Free Security Freezes and Fraud Alert Protection Offered

This Fall, new federal protections to help consumers prevent identity theft will go into effect.  Amendments to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, effective September 21, 2018, will establish the new federal right for consumers to implement a security freeze of their credit file.  A security freeze is the single most effective tool to minimize the risk of identity theft.  Identity thieves often target unsuspecting older adults, luring them into giving out personal information.  The scammers then use this information to steal older adults’ identity and ruin lifetimes of positive credit.  Read the Practice Tip for more information about this new consumer protection.  https://ncler.acl.gov/Files/New-Law-Provides-Free-Security-Freezes,-Increased.aspx?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=500c50c7-cd01-4616-9020-873cae5dbfff.