A lot of people ask me about why I charge a Consultation Fee of $300. Employment Law is different from other areas of the law. For example, with a traffic accident case, a lawsuit can be filed shortly after the accident. So a number of attorneys provide free consultations to individuals because a decision on filing a lawsuit can be made shortly after.

For people with Employment Law issues, the situation is a lot more complicated. Employment law requires employees and former employees to follow a “process” or protocol in order to address their issues. The purpose of meeting with me is to find out where you are in that required process and what options you may have.

The consultation fee is to make sure that only people who are serious about pursuing a path that may result in a lawsuit meet with me. The fee is also based on my years of training and experience to help guide you to the next steps. You are getting the benefit of my real world experience in employment law and other areas of the law. That is why a Consultation Fee is required.

A crisis-level problem that could take a human toll

On Behalf of | Feb 6, 2023 | Estate Planning |

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one-quarter of Americans live with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Based on their findings, the need for updated and tailored long-term care plans that reflect their specific issues is of paramount importance. Yet, experts reveal that they lack much-needed planning to secure government services or provide direct care.

An impending intergenerational crisis

The combination of loved ones, government officials, and advocates are sounding the alarm that the absence of a plan combined with a substandard social safety net could reach crisis levels. The outcome could lead to the disabled no longer being able to live independently in their respective communities. Their destinations may become nursing homes or institutions operated by their individual states.

While the Americans With Disabilities Act represented a key “win” for those suffering from disabilities, more options are needed. Close to three-fourths of Americans with disabilities reside with a family caregiver. Of that number, 25 percent are 60 or older, based on data from the Center on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Kansas.

Even more alarming is fifty percent of families planning for their disabled loved ones’ future. Fewer of them have plans that are current. Various factors come into play and include both the complexity of the process and financial limitations and challenges in accessing government services and their specific needs and wishes.

Recent congressional action provided $12.7 billion to enhance Medicare programs throughout the nation. Time is of the essence as the availability of the funding ends on March 2025. The Build Back Better Act failed passage in Congress, denying disabled Americans and their families another $150 billion.

The day-to-day challenges of the disabled are only made worse when people in power fail to provide much-needed financial support to make their lives a little easier.