Special needs families have very pressing requirements. We want you to know that we understand the specific difficulties that families with special needs face. To help guide you through the legal process, we've included 7 tips for choosing a special needs attorney.
Tips for Choosing a Special Needs Attorney
Choose an attorney who is passionate about special needs
Consider a small firm that specializes in special needs
Choose an attorney who is knowledgeable
Choose an attorney who is easily accessible
Choose an attorney that is well-trained and has lots of experience
Choose an attorney for your child who wants to establish an ongoing relationship
Choose an attorney who offers the first consultation free of charge to determine if it's a right fit for both of you
Although we might be located in sunny California, we know that sometimes life gets difficult. We are passionate about understanding the daily struggles that you and your family undergo and we want to help make the legal process a little easier. So please use the helpful tips above for finding the perfect special needs attorney.
A special needs family needs attention in the following areas: education and employment, health and wellness, conservatorships, and special needs trusts. In order to give you a better idea of what each area entails a short summary will be included on each area. For a full discussion on each topic please download our resource guide at www.familieswithspecialneeds.com.
Education and Employment: The effort that you invest into your child’s education is key to not only education but employment and also independent living. It’s extremely important to meet with your child’s teachers at least twice during the school year. In addition, you should set goals for your child’s education. A very informative checklist of transition considerations for middle school and high school is included in our resource guide (link provided below). It’s also important to note that IDEA will give eligible students with disabilities the right to special education services but that’s only applicable until high school graduation. In addition, make sure that your child is engaged in volunteer programs to help social skills and interactions for the working world.
Health and Wellness: Regardless of your child’s level of ability, it’s essential to empower your child with different practical life skills like having a job and doing chores. There are resources available in Los Angeles that offer services such as: family and individual counseling, assessment and diagnosis, and much more. Get connected with the community and take advantage of resources that will help your family.
Conservatorships: In short, a conservatorship is important so that there will be someone in place to sign documents, arrange for care, etc. for your child before his or her 18th birthday; otherwise the child will have to give his consent for vital life decisions that he or she may not be equipped to handle. A “conservator” is appointed by a judge to manage the affairs of another person called the “conservatee.” Most times a parent is appointed but in certain circumstances the court can appoint non-relatives, professionals, or government agencies. There are different types of conservatorships, ways to file, and timing for filing so seek professional advice in time for your child to have a conservatorship in place by their 18th birthday.
Special Needs Trusts: In short, a special needs trust is opened in your child’s name in order to protect your child from losing access to governmental benefits. The creation and filing of a special needs trust can be tricky so enlist the support of an attorney who works with special needs trusts and is knowledgeable about disabilities and the unique situations and issues that need to be addressed.
We invite you to download our resource guide that was written especially for parents of children with special needs who must plan for their children transitioning into adulthood. We also have an app that is downloadable to your cellphone.
So go ahead and visit www.familieswithspecialneeds.com and get a wealth of information in one resource.
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