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Five Things to Consider When Selecting a Guardian for Your Child with Special Needs

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 13:42

Family3One of the first questions new clients ask me is how to pick a guardian who can raise their child with special needs or make decisions for her when they are unable to do so. What should they look for? Should they ask a sibling or someone else from their family? Is it better to identify someone who is not a relative, who might be better able to make difficult decisions without letting emotions cloud their thinking? All good questions and exactly the ones you should pose before choosing the person who could be responsible for the wellbeing of your child.

Unfortunately, there’s not a single answer: much depends on the situation, the personalities involved, the “gut feeling” that many parents have about the people they know and trust. There are some basic considerations that can help guide your decision. Here are five:

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Estate Planning for Young Families

Friday, 10 November 2017 09:48

young-familyPeople in their 20s and 30s with young children tend to think it is not necessary to have estate planning documents in place because they do not have a great number of assets to pass along to their children. However, this reasoning is flawed for two main reasons:

 

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2017 Ohio School Report Cards Released

Thursday, 14 September 2017 12:42

Report CardEach year the Ohio Department of Education issues report cards to each public school district in Ohio. Given the changes in the standards and testing, the past few years have shown some unusually poor grades across the state. However, the state expects that this year’s report cards will show some improvement. Click here to see your district’s report. 

There is also a separate yearly report specifically focused on special education. Click here to see your district’s results. Here, districts are rated on the following questions about their students with disabilities:

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In-home Care vs. Facility - You Decide

Monday, 14 August 2017 12:59

Couple2One of the most common questions posed in care coordination is how to decide between in-home care and facility placement. While there is no simple answer to this question, it is important to recognize the pros and cons of both choices. There are several factors involved in making the best choice: level of care/care needs, cost, and safety are just a few. Let’s look at home care first.

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