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02 16, 2024

Planning for Minors, Adulthood, Guardianship and Alternatives


Becoming an adult often changes the landscape for an individual with disabilities concerning decision-making and some public benefits programs. Is guardianship really necessary? Will powers of attorney or supported decision-making suffice? Will employment affect public benefits’ eligibility? What other future needs must be addressed? Other [...]

06 17, 2019

Guardianship Should Be a Last Resort

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This post was written by former Special Needs Alliance president Katherine N. Barr, Esq., a member of Sirote & Permutt’s Private Clients, Trusts and Estates Practice Group, Birmingham, Alabama.  Much of her practice involves special needs planning, through which she assists clients in providing for a family member in a way that does not jeopardize government benefits.  She is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and has been cited in The Best Lawyers in America©.

10 30, 2018

Sometimes Less is More – Alternatives to Plenary Guardianship

2024-05-07T13:50:35-04:00Tags: |

The Voice is the e-mail newsletter of The Special Needs Alliance. This installment was written by Special Needs Alliance member Timothy Rigby, Esq., who practices with Hart, Southworth & Witsman in Springfield, Illinois. The firm’s focus is estate planning and transactional matters, and Tim concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning and special needs planning.

09 24, 2017

Changing Attitudes Towards Guardianship

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By Scott Suzuki, Esq. Laws have to apply to everyone and this rigid standard can cause problems when dealing with the issue of "legal capacity," because capacity can’t be measured by a single standard. Someone may be perfectly capable of managing some daily tasks but may need assistance with others. For example, a person may [...]

10 05, 2016

Transferring Guardianship Across State Lines


The Voice is the e-mail newsletter of The Special Needs Alliance. This installment was written by Special Needs Alliance member and current president Scott Suzuki, Esq. of Honolulu, Hawaii. Mr. Suzuki's law practice emphasizes planning for individuals with special needs and their families. He serves on the board of The Arc of Hawaii and is a founding member of Aloha Independent Living Hawaii; former vice president of Family Voices, which facilitates community-based, family-centered care for children with special needs; and a longtime volunteer with the University of Hawaii Elder Law Program.

02 24, 2016

Roundup: When You Suspect a Disability/Guardianship Mediation/Nursing Home Discharges


SNA attorneys have ongoing involvement with the wide-ranging issues faced by individuals with disabilities, their families and the professionals who serve them. Below is a sampling of posts from member blogs and newsletters. When You Suspect Your Child May Have a Disability... It can be overwhelming to realize that your child may have a disability. Read tips [...]