Elder Abuse and Exploitation: Medical and Legal Joint Perspectives – D03

Estates and Probate/Elder Law Track
Elder Law Section

Session D: 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  

About the Program
This seminar will be from the perspectives of a geriatric psychiatrist and an elder law/trusts and estates attorney whom confront weekly, if not daily, examples of elder abuse and elder exploitation. In addition, the seminar will be about the steps to take to either pre-empt or address elder abuse and exploitation. 

You Will Learn

    • The effects of dementia and other medical conditions on executive functioning 
    • The effects of diminished executive functioning on decisionmaking 
    • The various legal rights, remedies, and recourses for those who have been exploited 


Dr. Harry E. Morgan, The Center for Geriatric and Family Psychiatry, Glastonbury

Harry E. Morgan, M.D., has developed and is President of The Center for Geriatric and Family Psychiatry, Inc., located in Glastonbury, Connecticut.  The practice is a unique multidisciplinary professional group committed to providing for the mental health care needs of the elderly and their families.  Dr. Morgan has also co-founded ElderPath, LLC, as a consultation and case-management resource.

Dr. Morgan is a member of the active psychiatric staff at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital and was an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Dr. Morgan is Board Certified in Geriatric Psychiatry.  He is a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Alzheimer’s Association of Connecticut and an active member of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Morgan has been an active consultant, teacher and lecturer for national and local judicial, legal, and protective service organizations with interests in issues of Capacity, Influence, and Financial exploitation. As a Geriatric Psychiatrist, his teaching interests include education related to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementing illnesses of later life, the diagnosis and treatment of depressive illness as it affects adults in later life, and the study of personality development during aging.  Dr. Morgan’s clinical work with patients and families occurs in the office, in long term care facilities, and in patient’s homes. 

Dr. Morgan was educated at Dartmouth College, where he received his B.A. degree.  He obtained his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School and completed his psychiatric residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Carmine P. PerriCzepiga Daly Pope & Perri LLC, Berlin

Carmine Perri is one of the principals of the law firm Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri. He leads the firm’s litigation department, represents clients in will contests, contested probate matters, nursing facility collection actions, conservatorships, and financial and elder abuse. He argues before the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate courts, and throughout Connecticut at the trial and probate court levels.

Carmine won the case Paul Valliere, Et. Al. v. Commissioner of Social Services, S.C. 19701. In a decision released February 1, 2018, the Connecticut Supreme Court found in favor of the plaintiffs, represented by Carmine, who had challenged the Commissioner of Social Services over a determination from the Department of Social Services (DSS) regarding whether or not a preexisting spousal support order rendered by the Probate Court was binding on DSS.

Carmine was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 2005, the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut in 2005, and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in 2011. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association Elder Law Section and a member of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).  For the seventh year in a row, Carmine was selected as a New England Elder Law “Rising Star” by New England Super Lawyers magazine, a designation recognizing the top up-and-coming attorneys in New England who are 40 years old or younger. Carmine received his law degree in 2005 from Quinnipiac University School of Law.  He received his bachelor’s degree in 2002 majoring in Philosophy.


CLE Credit: 2.0 Hours (CT: 2.0 General; NY: 2.0 AOP)