Legal tools that will help you provide continued care to your special needs child turning 18 are powers of attorney, advanced healthcare directives and Conservatorships. Silva Law will explain the pros and cons of these legal tools and help your family make the best decisions to continue to care for your child past the age of majority.
By law, all parents have decision-making power over their own minor children. In Tennessee, the term guardianship is used to describe the legal relationship between minor children and their parents. The law does not distinguish between children with intellectual or developmental disabilities and those without a disability. All children up to the age of eighteen are under their parents’ guardianship.
Perhaps you are a parent with a disabled child and you are wondering how you are going to continue to help care for and protect your less-abled child when they turn 18. Silva law will discuss the needs of your family with you and help you determine which options are best for your family. Important considerations are the cognitive capability of the child, how much the parents see a continued need to be involved in the child’s financial and medical decisions, whether the child needs outside care, such as an assisted-living facility or companion-care home, and the parent’s financial resources. With compassion and experience, Silva law works with families with children with down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disabilities, and other conditions impacting mental capacity to come to a solution that brings them peace of mind.
For assistance with Special Needs Children Turning 18, contact Nashville elder law attorney Meredith Silva via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call her at 615-258-5541.
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