Going through a Divorce? Have a Child with Special Needs? Watch Out!

Determining whether or not you or a loved one is entitled to Social Security Income (SSI) can be tricky. SSI is a needs-based program that looks at income and assets to determine eligibility. In fact, income reduces or eliminates SSI payments. One way to ensure our clients keep their SSI is by using an assignment […]

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In-home Care vs. Facility – You Decide

One 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, […]

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Supreme Court Considers Important Special Education Issue

The United States Supreme Court is trying to determine exactly what level of benefit a public school is required to provide to its students with disabilities in order to comply with the Federal IDEA. Does a school have to show that each student is making “substantial progress?” Or “meaningful progress?” Since this case has such […]

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Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA)

Hickman & Lowder attorneys Janet L. Lowder and Elena A. Lidrbauch are certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation. Elder Law is a legal specialty which has been formally recognized by a few states, including Ohio. To apply for certification, an attorney must have been practicing Elder Law at least five years. The […]

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Caring for Caregivers

Many of my clients are caregivers. They are often caregiving for their children with disabilities or for their elderly parents. Others are more distant relatives who have taken it upon themselves to care for their loved one. Although their situations vary greatly, I see many recurring themes. I see strength, compassion, and selflessness on a […]

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Caring for Caregivers

Many of my clients are caregivers. They are often caregiving for their children with disabilities or for their elderly parents. Others are more distant relatives who have taken it upon themselves to care for their loved one. Although their situations vary greatly, I see many recurring themes. I see strength, compassion, and selflessness on a […]

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Protecting People with Disabilities from Exploitation

Although I am a special needs and elder law attorney by trade, I also volunteer in my community in the fight against human trafficking. Human trafficking is when a victim is forced, tricked, or coerced into labor or sex work by someone who is exploiting them. I have been involved in this work since 2009 […]

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