January/February/March 2017 By NAELA Publications
The new “Legal and Care Planning for People with Multiple Sclerosis” video series is intended to help people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and their families understand the complex legal and planning issues that they face.
Elder Law and Special Needs Planning attorneys can help people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and their families understand the complex legal and planning issues they face. Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys are dedicated to serving people as they age and people with disabilities.
How Elder and Special Needs Law Attorneys Can Help People Diagnosed with MS
Presented by Craig C. Reaves, CELA, Fellow, CAP
- Planning for a person with MS and how to preserve their autonomy and independence
- Preserving quality of life
- Managing property
- Paying for care
- Why an Elder Law and Special Needs attorney and how to find one
Legal and Care Planning for Younger People with MS
Presented by Robert Brogan, CELA, CAP
- Funding for long term care (Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance)
- Social Security disability benefits
- Comparison of Special Needs Trusts if Medicaid eligibility is needed
Coordinating Attendant Care and Available Resources
Presented by Stephen Dale, Esq., LLM
- Different types of personal care givers
- Medicaid eligibility and resources
- Using Medicaid based attendant care services
Family Law and Divorce: When a Partner Has MS
Presented by Patricia E. Kefalas Dudek, Esq., CAP, Fellow
- Marital and employment status
- Psychological well-being of patients and relatives
- Patient ability to continue chosen recreational activities
- Ability to maintain usual social relationships and interactions
- Legal issues when a partner is diagnosed with MS and options to consider
- Will MS diagnosis affect child custody?
- Will MS diagnosis affect visitation rights?
- Will MS diagnosis affect child support?
- Will MS diagnosis affect alimony or maintenance?
- Special Needs Trusts
Property and Health Care Decision-Making Agents: An Overview
Presented by Mary Alice Jackson, Esq., Fellow
- Individual planning process
- The who, what, when, how, and why of planning
- Expectation for incapacity
- Documents pertaining to health care
- Property management
- Power of Attorney