Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Real Estate and Property Law

390: Financing an Aging Population

Credit Hours




This class will highlight planning opportunities for attorneys practicing in elder law and estate planning to offer to their clients. Foundational topics include basic income tax concepts, basic gift and estate tax concepts, basic estates, trusts and probate concepts, and basic retirement planning concepts. Then, the course highlights the statutory planning tools available for individuals as they age, including special needs trusts, reverse mortgages, long term care insurance, and other methods for funding a healthy quality of life during retirement, and for funding as large a legacy as possible upon death. The contract and fiduciary issues with surrogate decision-making, as well as the clinical assessment of diminished mental capacity, will also be discussed.