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Legal Information Lecture – September 24, 2019

Tuesday, September 24th  7PM – 9PM,  in lieu of Family Support Group Meeting, there will be an informative lecture*:

Legal Information Lecture

For family members of loved ones struggling w/ mental health challenges

Location:  St. Stephen Lutheran Church (2nd floor), 612 Jamestown Road Williamsburg, VA

Christine M. Andreoli, of Andreoli & Thornberry, PLC will cover the following four topics:

  1. Your Loved One and the Criminal Justice System:This section will be devoted to how the Virginia Court System addresses criminal defendants (adult and juvenile) with mental health challenges, different options that may apply, and what resources are available.
  2. The Virginia Civil Commitment Process:This section will cover what the civil commitment process looks like, what the patient’s rights are, and what rights family members/caretakers may have.
  3. Guardianships and Conservatorships: What are they and when are they needed? This section will cover what guardianships and conservatorships are, what the legal process is to obtain one, and how they are different from powers of attorney.
  4. Legal Documents for those dealing with Mental Health Challenges: This final topic will cover legal documents that might be of use or interest if you have a loved one struggling with mental health challenges. I’ll cover documents such as Special Needs Trusts and different types of Powers of Attorney and how those documents interact with other situations such as a civil commitment or later incapacitation.

About Christine M. Andreoli:

Founding co-partner of Andreoli & Thornberry, PLC, Christine M. Andreoli has approximately a decade and a half experience in the practice of law. Upon graduation from Villanova University School of Law, Ms. Andreoli became a member of the Virginia and Washington DC bars. She worked in the litigation and controversy group of WilmerHale, a law firm that has been listed in the American Lawyer’s “A-List” for twelve years as one of the top 20 law firms in the country. Ms. Andreoli’s cases involved a variety of legal issues including antitrust investigations, securities fraud allegations, and business-related litigation. After leaving WilmerHale, Ms. Andreoli’s practice included both private defense work as well as time serving as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney. For the majority of her private practice, Ms. Andreoli has served as a court appointed counsel in state civil commitment hearings as well as held the status of a qualified Virginia Guardian ad Litem for both juveniles and incapacitated adults. Her practice currently focuses on cases involving those struggling with mental health challenges, custody/visitation, juveniles, estate planning, guardianships/conservatorships, and incapacitated adults.

Regarding professional associations, Ms. Andreoli is the past President and current Board Member of the Greater Peninsula Women’s Bar Association as well as a member of the Williamsburg Bar Association. In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Andreoli has been taught as an adjunct professor since 2011. She currently teaches courses in Business Law, Administrative and Personnel Law, Substantive Criminal Law, Juvenile Justice, and Substantive Criminal Procedure. 

*This lecture will be in lieu of Family Support Group, for this date only; Connections/Peer Support will still be held from 7:00 – 8:30PM

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