Special Education Advocacy

The importance of writing a Letter of Guidance

When you can no longer care for a loved one with special needs, a Letter of Guidance can help make their transition to a new living situation go as smoothly as possible. The Letter of Guidance, written on the premise that no one knows a child better than a parent, contains important information about your loved one’s history, likes, dislikes, current health and emotional status, hopes and dreams, as well as what your wishes are for their future.

Special Needs Planning

Special needs planning involves much more than money

Establishing a supplemental needs trust to benefit your loved one with special needs is a very important step in ensuring they will be cared for when you are no longer able to provide such support. However, there are many things to consider other than finances when planning for your loved one’s future. For example, where…

Special Needs Planning

Do not be afraid to ask others to contribute to your supplemental needs trust

The cost of caring for a loved one with special needs after you are gone will likely be more than you estimate. Unexpected and unforeseen costs are a reality, so it is important that you leave your loved one with more than you think they may need. Once you have created a supplemental needs trust,…

Elder Law & Estate Planning

The Importance of Questioning Nursing Homes

If your loved one is in a nursing home, that home is going to be their residence for an indefinite amount of time. It is very important to know that they are truly getting the best care available. Since your loved one will be dependant on the care provided by the nursing home facility, they…

Elder Law & Estate Planning

When a Loved One Needs a Guardian

Caring for a loved one is a situation that many people find themselves in, and the caregiver’s status as a guardian should be made official by the law. Often times, individuals begin taking care of a relative or loved one without thinking about the need for official legal documentation. If you are managing the health and financial decisions of loved one, becoming their legal guardian will simplify many common tasks.

Elder Law & Estate Planning

The Pain of Estate Litigation

The stress and emotion involved in losing a family member can only be explained by those experiencing the loss. Truly, this is the worse time in a person’s life to have to get involved with litigation. Whether someone feels that their rights have been denied by the will and probate court, or when a will…

Elder Law & Estate Planning

The Myth of Do-It-Yourself Wills

You might not think it makes a difference, but a will made with software is not the same as a will created by a lawyer. The idea that the two are similar couldn’t be further from the truth. An elder law attorney will know the law and possible risks that software can not predict.

Elder Law & Estate Planning

Estate Planning – More than Just a Will

When talking about estate planning, people generally think about a will. A will is an essential part of estate planning, but it is only the beginning. A will expresses your wishes of asset disbursement after you pass on, but complete estate planning covers important items that may affect you while you are alive.

Elder Law & Estate Planning

Remarrying Impacts Life Insurance Decisions

Second marriages are becoming a more common piece of the American experience. The remarried face unique and specific challenges in tailoring their life insurance policies to their individual situation

Deciding on a beneficiary can be a complicated process for the remarried. It’s rarely a simple decision, especially when children from a previous marriage are involved. In that case, it can be difficult to strike a balance between taking care of the current spouse and the previous spouse’s children.

Elder Law & Estate Planning

Well Spouses Must Plan Wisely In the Event of Their Partner’s Illness

When a spouse becomes ill, the well spouse is suddenly faced not only with the emotional toll, but the burden of handling all the financial responsibilities and long-term planning on his or her own. If the ill spouse always handled the financial matters, even paying bills can be overwhelming.

Based on the experiences of many of our clients, it has traditionally been the primary breadwinner who managed family finances. But regardless of who kept the family books, often the other spouse is in the dark on the family’s financial matters and record keeping. Additionally, the well spouse may not know what long-term planning considerations have been made for her or what is even available.