You may look for legal assistance with employment, disability benefits, long term care planning or planning advanced directives, such as a living will, medical durable power of attorney or power of attorney documents. When selecting a lawyer, make sure they are well versed in issues dealing with illness and disability.

Know your Rights

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Both People with Parkinson’s and their caregivers may have statutory (government created) rights to be free from discrimination on the basis of disability and to participate in certain disability-based benefits programs. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as passed in 1990 and amended in 2008, protects against unlawful discrimination based on disability in virtually all aspects of American life. Having or being diagnosed with an illness does not automatically entitle someone to those protections, and for those eligible for protections the scope of their rights may be limited.

The Parkinson Disease Foundation offers tips on navigating the legal issues which individuals living with Parkinson’s disease may face, as well as a one hour online seminar to watch with tips on navigating the legal issues people living with Parkinson’s disease typically experience.

 

Protect Yourself

Senior Fraud

Scammed. It’s the word no family caregiver wants to hear when it comes to a senior loved one. The growing incidence of senior scams is putting many older adults in harm’s way; threatening to strip them of their assets, their independence and their trust. Click here for a Senior Fraud Protection Kit.

Disclaimer: This list is provided to you as one of a number of resources concerning legal information and options available to you. This is a partial listing of private attorneys and agencies that help with disability. This listing or failure to list should not be interpreted to be an endorsement or lack of endorsement of a particular provider. Updated January 2016