You start researching your options and before you know it, hours turn into days, days turn into weeks, weeks turn into months and so on. Before you know it, learning how to navigate through legal issues becomes a full-time job.
Even with the best of intentions, learning what you need to know to protect your family now and when you're not here to do so is a daunting challenge and one most people don't have the time to devote to learning the ins and outs of the legal system.
If your loved one has Special Needs, the route to obtaining services and creating a life plan is even more overwhelming.
That's where we come in.
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As parents, and now guardians, of a young adult daughter with Special Needs, we have spent countless hours researching - first regarding education issues and then all that comes with transitioning to adulthood - Guardianship, Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, Medicaid Waiver Programs and on and on.
Guiding other people who have reached the point where we once were is our way of helping families navigate through the Special Needs maze. Not everything is clear cut when it comes to government programs and benefits that you may be able to obtain for your family member. And then, once you get them, it's imperative to know how to keep them.
You don't know what you don't know.