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.
A weary world rejoices!
Our office will be quieter through the new year so that we can celebrate with our dear ones.
Wishing you and yours wonders, joy, and peace this holiday season and for the coming year!
It’s tempting for adoption attorneys to romanticize our work. After all, we get to come alongside adoptive parents and children as they legally become the family they already are in love and practice.
But we also must acknowledge that every adoption, no matter how wonderful, is rooted in loss. And this is why we equally emphasize support, education, and advocacy for birth parents and “first families.”
Whether you’re a family that wishes to offer sanctuary to an at-risk child, or a first family who needs support, time, and tools to help your family thrive, know that we can help point you towards helpful resources.
It is our privilege to represent adoptive families, expectant parents, and birth parents. But know this-our work is not motivated solely by an adoption decree.
Stamps. Snow globes. Clocks.
Many of our estate planning clients collect all sorts of curious and wonderful things!
We have worked with clients to make gifts of antique train sets, beloved comic books, or artwork.
Some of these items have significant monetary value or are historical artifacts that eventually end up in museum collections. Others are priceless because of the stories and sentimental value behind them.
What is precious to you? How can we help you to create a legacy of generosity?