Course Description

An overview of recent reform efforts and procedural revisions and how they impact guardianship practice. The course includes discussions on new forms, the guardianship tracking system, and other recent changes.

This course includes video recorded for the Washington County Bar Association's 2019 Winter Bench Bar.

Videography services were provided by Network Deposition Services.

Your purchase includes access to the course and course materials for 90 days.

CLE Credit:

1.0 PA Substantive CLE

This course contains approximately 60 minutes of content, all of which is required for course completion.

Your certificate of completion will be issued automatically after all elements of the course have been viewed/completed.  Credits will be reported to the CLE Board within 30 days of your completion of the course and your completion date will be reported as the day on which you actually finished the course.

Minimum System Requirements:

This course includes downloads of PDF documents (Portable Document Format) and streaming video. Viewing the documents will require Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF viewing software.  Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for free from the Adobe website.

The video player will run on Mac OS, Windows and Linux as well as most mobile devices and tablets on any browser that supports Adobe Flash and/or HTML5.  Supported browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9,10,11, and Microsoft Edge.  Internet Explorer 8 is not supported on Windows XP for security reasons, but is supported on Windows 7 or higher operating systems.

An internet connection with a minimum speed of 768 kilobits per second is required.  At least 5MB/sec is recommended to stream video in full HD quality.  Please note that the video player may downgrade the quality of the video to accommodate lower connection speeds.

Course Presenter

For full biography, please see the course materials.

Kathleen A. Gustine, Esq. is Counsel to and a Director of the Southwest PA Area Agency on Aging, Inc. and Counsel for the Protective Services for Older Adults Program.  She is also counsel for three Single County Authorities in Western Pennsylvania and serves as Counsel for the oversight corporation for the HealthChoices Program for nine counties in Northwestern and Southwestern PA.  She served on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Elder Law Task Force in 2013-14.  She received her J.D. from the Duquesne University School of Law.

Suzanne Archer has been an employee with the Washington County Register of Wills office for 7 years and is currently a Deputy under current Register, Mary Jo Poknis.  The Register of Wills Office is responsible for taking marriage licenses as well as filing for adoptions, guardianships, and estates.  She is a graduate of Wheeling Park High School and a graduate of West Liberty University.  

Eugene A. Vittone, Esq., is the elected District Attorney of Washington County, PA.  He began his term on January 3, 2012 after serving twelve years as an Assistant District Attorney in the county.  While an Assistant District Attorney, Vittone handled juvenile court, several trial lists and handled felony criminal trials.  Vittone also initiated the Drug Treatment Court in the County and oversaw white collar prosecutions within the County.  He received a B.S. in Biological Sciences, A Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Health Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, and received a J.D. with honors from Duquesne University.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Course Materials
    • How to Navigate This Course
    • Course Materials
    • Guardianship Part One
    • Guardianship Part Two
    • Course Evaluation (Required)