Tragically, the vulnerability of people with intellectual disabilities or mental health diagnoses to physical and emotional abuse by people in authority has been in the media lately. Following the disturbing news of George Floyd, the spotlight is also being shone on those with disabilities in similar situations.
At our law firm, we support people with intellectual disabilities and other impairments and their families in a wide range of legal issues. We provide guidance and legal services to meet the immediate and future needs of those with disabilities and their loved ones. This process is called special needs planning or disability planning, which can address issues of abuse and neglect, estate planning, special needs trusts, money management and ABLE accounts, residential services, long-term care, guardianship and conservatorship, public benefits, insurance and others.
Guardians, conservators, family members, trustees and others who care for elders, those with disabilities and other people with vulnerabilities are wise to understand and be prepared to put protections in place against fraudulent scams related to COVID-19. Financial exploitation is a common form of elder abuse that seems to morph with current events. Our elders are more susceptible to scams and undue influence, and currently, scammers have come up with a variety of coronavirus scams.
“Say hello to the girl that I am
You’re going to have to see through my perspective
I need to make mistakes just to learn who I am
And I don’t want to be so … protected
There must be another way
Cause I believe in taking chances …
But my life has been so overprotected”
At our law firm, we represent families who have kids with a variety of disabilities. From the time of diagnosis, legal issues present themselves concerning asset management that will need to continue throughout the disabled child’s life to preserve their eligibility for federal, state and local public benefit programs that support people with disabilities. We explore with the family the roles of special needs trusts and ABLE accounts, and we provide parental estate planning advice with the goal of preserving government benefit eligibility in mind.
For more than 50 years, the state of Colorado has provided early intervention (EI) services for children with developmental disabilities from birth to three years old. If your baby or toddler is showing behaviors or delays that concerns you, be sure to work with your pediatrician to ensure that medical or educational professionals appropriately screen your child for autism and other developmental disabilities.
Technological innovation continues to make the world more accessible to folks with cognitive disabilities as well as elders with age-related memory loss or dementia. We recently shared information about efforts by Apple to make technology easier to access and step up specialized technical support for people with cognitive impairment and the family and professionals who support them.
At our law firm, we advise and support clients who care for, support or protect people who suffer from the challenges Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. These clients may be family members, guardians, conservators, trustees, representative payees and others. In their roles, they seek a variety of ways to help their loved ones or protected persons to improve the quality of their lives and lessen distressing symptoms.
Many of our clients are family members or guardians of people of any age with a variety of disabilities. Especially in this challenging time, the use of technology and virtual learning can provide education, communication and entertainment opportunities for children and adults with disabilities. Family members and guardians sometimes face challenges in setting up, learning and facilitating technology to benefit their loved ones and supported persons with disabilities.
At our law firm, we provide support to clients with mental health challenges as well as to family members and professionals in their efforts to create safety nets for people with mental impairments. Mental Health America (MHA) first observed May as Mental Health Month in 1949, to educate the public about mental illness.