News and Notes from The Johnson Center


JCCHD | Tue, July 31, 2012 | [Community][Q and A ][Webinars]

When planning for the future there are many questions that come to mind, especially when you have a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): When and how should I start my planning?  What are the key aspects to focus on?  How do I let future caregivers know what my wishes are?  Is there any risk to leaving another family member in charge of my child’s assets?  How do I address the daily assistance, social, medical, employment, and other activity care requirements after my child reaches 18?

To help with these and many other questions, The Johnson Center will be hosting a webinar to provide information and support on planning ahead for your child with special needs.  It’s imperative that appropriate steps be taken to ensure your loved one with special needs will be cared for long-term, and our guest speaker, Clyde Farrell, specializes in making complex special-needs planning as simple as possible for families.

Clyde FarrellOn August 7th, Mr. Farrell will give an easy-to-understand presentation during this webinar on what you really need to know about legal planning for people with disabilities. Many topics will be addressed including: when a guardianship is needed; what happens when a child reaches age 18; and what parents can accomplish with a trust.

There are certain steps all parents of children with disabilities need to take, and this presentation will identify those steps and show why they are important.  You will also have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the webinar.

Mr. Farrell is uniquely qualified to lead this discussion and makes this complicated and scary subject easier to understand. As he recently told us, “I love to make complicated things simple. In my practice, I start by hearing clients describe their needs and concerns. We then gather the resources available—their own assets and income, plus Medicaid and other benefits—and together we come up with a plan. It ends with peace of mind from knowing what needs to be done. That’s a great feeling!”

Please join us on Wednesday, August 7th at 12pm CST for this important and informative webinar.
Click here to register.

H. CLYDE FARRELL has been in private Elder Law practice since 1993.  He is a Certified Elder Law Attorney, certified by the National Elder Law Foundation, as recognized by the State Bar of Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and is a Certified Financial PlannerTM practitioner.  Prior to founding his Elder Law practice, he served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Texas Attorney General’s office, where he established the Elder Law Section and served as its first Chief.

Mr. Farrell is a founding Director and past President of the Texas Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and past President of Family Eldercare in Austin.  Texas Monthly has named Mr. Farrell a “Texas Super Lawyer” (a Thomson Reuters service published in Texas Monthly) each year from 2003 through 2011.  He was also included in THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA (2008-2011), THE BEST LAWYERS IN TEXAS (2010-2011), and AMERICA’S TOP FINANCIAL PLANNERS (2008-2010).