Family, Guardianship, & Elder Law
Dissolution, custody battles, and child support – these are events that many of us face at some point in our lives. Family law is a matter of state law, so Indiana’s rules may be different from other states, and it is important to understand the distinctions. While many self-help resources, such as the Indiana Parenting Time and Child Support Guidelines can be found online, many families still have questions. Our friendly and knowledgeable team of lawyers can help you navigate these tough issues.
Protecting the rights of your loved ones is a daunting responsibility. When an individual is unable to make decisions for themselves, this triggers so many questions: Who has authority to give medical consent for this individual? How can my loved one be protected from financial exploitation? Who should manage their affairs? Who holds the guardian accountable? A guardianship hearing is a formal court proceeding wherein a judge may grant a petitioner the right to be the legal decision maker for an individual. Being appointed guardian comes with additional responsibilities. Whether you have been caring for a child, an adult with special needs, or a parent with an illness, it is important to understand what options are available to you and what rights and responsibilities go along with the job. Our attorneys deal with guardianship issues every day.
You have worked hard to build a comfortable life and hope to pass your wealth on to your loved ones one day, hopefully many years from now. It is never too early to start planning. In fact, in many instances, the earlier the better. Planning for your golden years and your eventual exit from this world might be a depressing topic, but if done prudently, you may be able to protect your assets for future generations. Our friendly attorneys can help you have those difficult discussions about estate planning, Medicaid planning, and end of life plans. This type of planning can bring peace of mind to you and your family, knowing that your wishes are known and your assets are protected.
When your application for disability payments has been denied, the last thing on your mind is dealing with the disability appeals process. The stress and anxiety of waiting for a hearing, gathering and organizing what is often a sea of documentation, and presenting your case to an Administrative Law Judge while simultaneously managing your own health and loss of income is enough to deter many qualified applicants from seeking an appeal. However, if your appeal is successful, your disability payments may be back dated to the time of your application. We understand that folks dealing with a loss of income cannot tender a retainer to a lawyer, they are already trying to do more with less. Because of this, if we are able to represent you in your disability appeal, we can take your case on a contingent fee basis: we only get paid if you do.