Clark’s Manor: MLO Obtains Zoning Approval for Personal Care Home

November 2020 The MLO Minute The development of a new program for individuals with chronic, but non-acute, mental illness presents many challenges. These hurdles include a variety of local and state regulatory issues, and where a residential program is involved, obtaining zoning approval is both difficult and necessary. Several years ago, the Widger family approached Dennis…

Pennsylvania Superior Court Addresses Undue Influence in Making Lifetime Gifts

October 2020 The MLO Minute: By, Jessica Wilson, Esq. and Dennis McAndrews, Esq.   Pennsylvania law regarding issues of testamentary capacity (the cognitive ability to properly execute a will) and undue influence in providing large lifetime gifts or bequests under a will has long been seen as complex and confusing. These issues involve unique considerations…

Getting Prepared for Your Parent-Teacher Conference When Your Child Has an IEP

A free virtual seminar! DATE/TIME: We will be airing this seminar on Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 at NOON via our electronic newsletter The MLO Minute. Email mcandrewslawoffices@gmail.com if you do not already receive our electronic newsletters.  ABOUT THE SEMINAR: School has “opened” in a whole new way, and with fall already here, parent-teacher conferences are around the…

New National Discipline Report

October 2020 The MLO Minute: By, Nancy Potter, Esq.  Access to the classroom for all students is paramount to student success. During the COVID pandemic, all students have experienced some degree of suspended education. Resources have been activated nationwide to address the missed school days and lack of in-person instruction during this year. Yet, millions…

New Study Finds Remote Neuropsychological Tests for Children to Be Effective

October 2020 The MLO Minute: By, Caitlin McAndrews, Esq. and Dennis McAndrews, Esq.    During the current pandemic, delays in conducting psychological testing of children with disabilities has often delayed the implementation of appropriate programming for these children, regardless of whether that instruction is conducted in – person or remotely. Most school districts and charter…

This Week is Mental Illness Awareness Week!

October 2020 The MLO Minute: By, Allyson McAndrews, M.Ed. The first full week of October is Mental Illness Awareness Week! The U.S. Congress established Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in 1990 because of the tremendous advocacy work by The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building…