The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) has declared October 2011 “National Special Needs Law Month.” NAELA will be sponsoring programs throughout the United States to educate older Americans and Americans with disabilities about their legal rights and to call attention to the legal resources available to them within their own communities. I will be speaking to the San Jose Caregiver’s Support Group of the Northern California Alzheimer’s Association on Monday, October 10, 2011 about Conservatorship issues and the planning that can be done to avoid Conservatorships.
I am a member of NAELA, which is a professional association of attorneys concerned with improving the availability and delivery of legal services to older Americans and Americans with special needs. There is a growing need for attorneys that specialize in Special Needs Law as families and caregivers become more aware of the legal rights of their loved ones. Special Needs Law attorneys assist families in financing long-term care, and providing them with the legal tools for financial management, such as powers of attorneys and trusts as well as understanding Medicare and Medi-Cal, special needs trusts and a student’s right to an independent educational plan, housing options, and other issues.
* The information contained in this Blog is intended for general information and educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or an opinion of counsel.