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A guardianship may help special needs children as they turn 18

Many parents of special needs children in Georgia wonder about what happens when their child turns 18. Will they lose control of the child's money? Who will make medical decisions for the child? Who will manage the child's life? Answering these questions can be some of the most difficult aspects of special needs planning. The answers to many of these and other questions will depend upon the nature and severity of the child's disability. In extreme situations where the child is not mentally competent or suffers from limited mobility or has assets that must be protected and managed, a guardianship may be the answer.

Nursing home/Medicaid planning and appropriate facilities

Georgia families who make the difficult decision to place a loved one in a nursing home do not do so lightly. This is done when the person's condition, illness or simply old age makes it impossible for the family to provide effective care and supervision. For some people, the facility will be certified by Medicaid with various levels of care provided and the cost mitigated by the person's eligibility to receive Medicaid.

Planning to stay in your home as you age

As people age, their ability to take care of themselves diminishes. Yet, people often want to remain in their own home as they age. While nothing about the aging process is certain or predictable, experts have prepared a number of steps that can increase a person's chances of remaining at home as they grow older.

How a special needs child can complicate a divorce

Most Georgians who have endured the pain of a divorce can attest to the enormous amounts of stress, anger and frustration that must be endured by each spouse before the process is concluded. Whatever unpleasantness may be associated with an ordinary divorce, the pain and stress of a divorce with a special needs child is usually far greater. If the parents of a special needs child have made the irrevocable decision to terminate their marriage, the following planning cautions may help ease the turmoil experienced by the parents and by the child.

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