Mark B. Heffner

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Mark B. HeffnerAdjunct Professor of LawAttorney at Law

Contact Information

mheffner@hefflaw.comHeffner & Associates

Mark Heffner is the principal of the elder law firm of Heffner & Associates. The firm's practice focuses on Medicaid planning and qualification, estate planning and probate proceedings involving both guardianships and decedent estates. Attorney Heffner served for ten years as a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, and is currently a member of the Rhode Island State Ethics Commission.

Courses Taught

LAW.715Elder Law

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Course Description

Elder Law is a rapidly growing and intellectually challenging practice area. This course will focus on the legal issues and client situations most frequently encountered by Elder Law attorneys. The course will begin with an overview of how Elder Law differs from a traditional trusts and estates practice, including a review of the particular ethical challenges faced by the Elder Law practitioner. An examination of the major substantive law competencies needed by the Elder Law practitioner will follow. The course will conclude with an analysis of how the practitioner serves elders facing challenges such as diminished capacity and the need for long-term care.

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Elective

Course Credits

2.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

Faculty Associated

Mark B. Heffner

LAW.714Planning for the Elderly Client

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Course Description

The goal of this course is to enable the student to develop certain skills and additional substantive knowledge required in the practice of Elder Law. Driven by the changing circumstances and needs of the student’s hypothetical first clients, students will learn to effectively plan for and to represent the elderly client at different phases in the aging process. Elder Law is a prerequisite.

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Elective

Course Credits

2.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

Prerequisite

LAW.715 – Elder Law

Faculty Associated

Mark B. Heffner

LAW.749Wills & Trusts

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Course Description

This course is intended to prepare a student to advise clients about ordering their personal and financial affairs to more effectively provide for themselves and the people about whom they care. Various dispositive mechanisms inter vivos testamentary and in trust, will be covered, as well as devices to appoint health care and financial proxies. The course will also address the ethical and professional responsibilities of lawyers representing clients in this area.

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Elective

Course Credits

3.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law
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Course Types

We have classified RWU Law classes under the following headers. One of the following course types will be attached to each course which will allow students to narrow down their search while looking for classes.

Core Course

Students in the first and second year are required to take classes covering the following aspects of the law—contracts, torts, property, criminal law, civil procedure, and constitutional law, evidence, and professional responsibility.  Along with these aspects, the core curriculum will develop legal reasoning skills.

Elective

After finishing the core curriculum the remaining coursework toward the degree is completed through upper level elective courses.  Students can choose courses that peak their interests or courses that go along with the track they are following.

Seminar

Seminars are classes where teachers and small groups of students focus on a specific topic and the students complete a substantial research paper.

Clinics/Externships

Inhouse Clinics and Clinical Externships legal education is law school training in which students participate in client representation under the supervision of a practicing attorney or law professor.  RWU Law's Clinical Programs offer unique and effective learning opportunities and the opportunity for practical experience while still in law school.