Mental Health is Physical Health Too

As we contemplate the ambiguous term “Mental Health,” it is important to recognize that our mental health is just as important as, and even an integral part of, our physical health.  There is a cornucopia of studies that link mental health to the way we feel physically.  There is a reason why we feel better after a long walk, a hard workout, or even a day of doing yard work.  In some cases, exercise is used to supplement or even replace medication in treating mental health issues – think: runner’s high.  Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Personality Disorders, and even Schizophrenia are all mental health diagnoses that have been successfully treated, in part, by exercise.  

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Hickman & Lowder Attorneys Named to 2022 Best Lawyers® and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch Lists

We are pleased to announce that four attorneys have been included in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, and one has been included in the 2022 Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.

Hickman & Lowder would like to congratulate the following named to 2022 The Best Lawyers in America list:

  • Blaine P. Brockman – Elder Law
  • Franklin J. Hickman – Education Law
  • Janet L. Lowder – Elder Law, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, and Trusts and Estates

Hickman & Lowder would like to congratulate the following named to the 2022 Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

  • Ethan A. Welch – Trusts and Estates
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Attorney Ethan Welch’s Estate Planning Article is Featured in The Morning Journal’s Senior Living Edition

Attorney Ethan Welch had his blog Should I Share My Estate Planning Information with My Family featured in the Senior Living tab for The Morning Journal’s July Edition. Ethan states “there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to sharing estate plan information, and some approaches may work better than others”.



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Advocating for your Child in the School System

Special Education Advocate Mary Jo O’Neill wrote a feature article in the April issue of Autism Advocate Parenting Magazine: Advocating for your Child in the School System, where she provides advice on how to create an effective Individualized Education Program (IEP), how to form positive working relationships with your child’s educators and how to advocate for a successful school year for your child.  “You know your children best.  You know their strengths, their weaknesses and their capabilities. Although the school system can be difficult to navigate, it’s imperative for parents to advocate for their children, because they deserve a program that can give them the opportunity to thrive in education.”

Link to the full article: Advocating for your child in the School System 


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Spring Virtual Coffee & Conversation Series

Join Elder Law Attorneys Ethan Welch and George Aljoe over a good cup of coffee as they provide tips to help alleviate stress as you plan for your future. Our monthly chats will discuss estate planning basics, caring for loved ones with a disability, Medicaid, and what to do if you or a spouse need nursing care.


April Conversation

Special guest Ervis Mellani from Ownership Advisors, Inc. will discuss how to pay for nursing home care.  Our chat will touch on topics like long-term care insurance, Veteran benefits, Medicaid and more! Good decision-making takes solid information and thoughtful guidance, let’s come together to help secure your future. RSVP!

Coming up in May:  Estate Planning 101

More details and RSVP links to follow!

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