Elder law attorneys regularly have a unique vantage point into the reality that, even the healthiest and most functional of family roles and relationships can become very complicated very quickly when an elder loved one starts needing additional care.
As needs and long-held roles within a family change, many of our clients benefit from learning new ways of coping with evolving relationships and new realities.
In many cases, elder mediation can be a helpful and empowering tool. Mediation provides an opportunity for the elder and all involved members of a family to participate in thoughtful and collaborative decision making. It can provide a valuable opportunity for family members to attack the issues at hand instead of each other.
Once the family has settled on a plan, then we can often help by drafting the documents needed to put that plan into action.
A core value of our practice is the dignity, autonomy, integrity, and protection of elders and their families. So give us a call if you have questions about elder mediation, supported decision making, or long term care planning on behalf of an elder loved one.
We can help.
Did you know that March is Indiana Disability Awareness Month?
No matter the differences between us, it’s always better to treat others the way you want to be treated, and this is especially true when interacting with our co-workers, classmates, and neighbors who live with disabilities.
The 2018 Indiana Disability Awareness Month campaign theme- “Be Cool, We are!”- is all about the importance of being comfortable in your own skin and making the conscious decision to be yourself.
Acting differently around someone with a disability isn’t cool.
So… be cool!
And learn more about Indiana Disability Awareness Month here.
Happy New Year to you and yours!
Here’s to eating clean, moving more, being more intentional with time, and getting those little ducks in a row.
We usually get a deluge of estate planning inquiries in January as people make good on those resolutions.
Let us know if we can help.
(We’ll provide the caffeine.)
Is your family considering a stepparent or a kinship adoption?
If so, you should be aware of House Enrolled Act 1245, which took effect in Indiana on July 1st, 2017.
This new law requires certain classes of grandparents to be notified of adoption proceedings. Perhaps not surprisingly, there is already a healthy amount of debate and varying interpretation surrounding it. If you would like to learn more about this legislation, you may do so here.
We will be following caselaw and debate on this issue closely. In the meantime, if your family has any questions about kinship adoption, let us know.
We can help.
As an extension of her law practice, Stasia regularly performs at musical events benefitting local organizations who support elders and individuals with special needs.
“Pam’s Party: A Joy’s House Open House” will be held on the evening of Thursday, July 27th @ 6:30pm at Joy’s House in Broad Ripple Village. It’s a celebration to honor caregivers and Guest/potential new Guests.
This open house is free to attend, but you may wish to bring cash for supper and activities, which will be available for purchase.
Hope to see you there!
Did you know that slightly more than 19 percent of Indiana’s population is represented by adults and kids with disabilities?
March is Disability Awareness Month in Indiana and we’re especially appreciative of this year’s campaign theme- “I’m Not Your Inspiration.”
Often, people with disabilities who are successful, athletic, employed, or simply good neighbors are put in the spotlight as inspiration to others. This year’s campaign theme emphasizes that people with disabilities are people first-people who want to be fully included in their communities, just like everyone else.
You can learn more about Disability Awareness Month here.
Questions about planning for your loved one with disabilities?
We can help.
We are so pleased (and proud) to announce that Stasia has been appointed by the Indiana Governor’s Office to serve on the Board for the Achieving a Better Life Experience Program (ABLE.)
The ABLE Act was signed into law in March of 2016 and will allow certain people with disabilities and their families the opportunity to contribute to a tax-exempt savings account that can be used for health care needs and other designated resources that promote independence and quality of life.
The mission of the Indiana Able Authority Board is to help develop and implement a qualified ABLE program for individuals with disabilities in the State of Indiana.
We applaud the members of the Indiana State Legislature for their support of the ABLE Act. It is a critical strategy to providing a pathway to a better economic future for all people with disabilities.
Stasia is thrilled to have the opportunity to help champion ABLE in our community.
Questions about estate planning, guardianship, or long term care planning for your loved one with special needs?
We can help.