I. UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS CONSENT FORM
This survey is part of a study about the role of mediation in elder guardianship. We invite you to participate in this research. You were selected as a possible participant because you are a member of the elder law and/or alternative dispute resolution section of your state bar association. Please read this form before completing the survey.
This study is being conducted by Jennifer Wright, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Elder Law Practice Group in the Legal Services Clinic at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and by Jacklyn Fox, a law student in the Advanced Elder Law Practice Group.
The purpose of this study is to survey legal practitioners in several states regarding their experience with elder guardianship mediation in their states, in order to discover best practice standards, training requirements, and procedures that will protect the rights and well-being of elders in guardianship mediation.
If you agree to be in this study, we will ask you to complete this short on-line survey. We anticipate that completing the survey will take about 10 minutes. Your consent to participate in this study is implied when you complete and submit this survey.
RISKS AND BENEFITS OF BEING IN THE SURVEY:
The study has no risks to you. You will not be identified in the survey. The survey results will be anonymous.
You will receive no direct benefits for participating, aside from the satisfaction of contributing to knowledge on this topic. The report of this study will be made available to the chairs of the sections, upon their request.
Participants will receive no compensation for responding to the survey.
The records of this study will be kept confidential. Survey data will be kept in electronic files stored on an on-line server and on an office computer, both of which are password-secured. We and our research team will be the only ones with access to these data. These data will be kept indefinitely. In any sort of report we publish, we will not include information that will make it possible to identify you in any way. Indeed, we will not request any information that could directly identify you in the survey.
VOLUNTARY NATURE OF THE STUDY:
Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary. Your decision whether or not to participate will not affect your current or future relations with the section, the state bar association, or the University of St. Thomas. If you decide to participate, you are free to withdraw at any time up to and until you submit your completed survey online. Once you have submitted your completed survey, you will not be able to withdraw that information. You are free to skip any questions we may ask. If questions are skipped, the survey may be discarded and not included in the study.
CONTACTS AND QUESTIONS:
Our names are Jennifer Wright and Jacklyn Fox. You may contact us at 651-962-4960. You may also contact the University of St. Thomas Institutional Review Board at 651-962-5341 with any questions or concerns.
You may print out a copy of this form if you wish to keep a copy for your records.
STATEMENT OF CONSENT:
I understand that my consent to participate in this study is implied when I complete and return this survey.