How Elder Law and Special Needs Planning Attorneys Can Help People Diagnosed with MS

A series of five videos developed to help those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and their families and caregivers to understand how elder law and special needs planning attorneys can assist with their particular legal needs.

Video Descriptions

You can view all five videos here.

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
    • Trust
  • Guardianship

NAELA Members: Instructions on how to add the videos to a website can be found at this link.

Find A Lawyer

Find an experienced NAELA member attorney.