Your Guide to Parkinson's Resources

American Bar Association

321 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Legal Guide for the Seriously Ill

The onset of a serious illness or injury can affect much more than a person’s health. Knowing what steps to take to get your financial and legal affairs in order is often vitally important not only to you, but to your loved ones.

This guide provides you information on several steps to consider if you face serious illness or injury.  Specifically, this guide explains “seven key steps” in short and simple terms and provides tips and resource links that will give you much more detailed information on topics such as.Patient Rights, Healthcare Decisions and Employment

Listed in: Budgeting & Planning, Basics, and Estate & Special Needs Planning
Pine Tree Legal Assistance provides a state-by-state listing of local agencies offering low cost, or free, legal assistance to eligible clients. Many listed organizations are subject to restrictions about the types of cases they represent, so it is best to contact them with your circumstances to see if you meet the requirements for assistance.
Listed in: Mediation & Divorce and Estate & Special Needs Planning

Protected Tomorrows

103 Schelter Road
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
(847) 522-8086

Protected Tomorrows is an advocacy firm that helps those with disabilities navigate their way through a comprehensive life planning process. Protected Tomorrows is able to provide individuals and families in developing special needs care plans. The organization's areas of expertise include: education planning, residential care planning, financial and legal issues, and application for employment and government benefits including SSDI and / or SSI. Fees are individually assessed depending on the complexity of the case and services requested.
Listed in: Budgeting & Planning and Estate & Special Needs Planning

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)

1577 Spring Hill Road, Suite 220
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 942-5711

The National Academy of Elder lay Attorneys is a not-for-profit association that represents lawyers and bar organizations. NAELA provides education, information and networking assistance to those who provide legal services to older adults and other special needs populations including people with disabilities. Visit the site's "Locate an Elder Law Attorney," to find someone in your area who is able to your specific legal and planning needs.
Listed in: Estate & Special Needs Planning
This Web site provides detailed information about disability, financial, and legal planning. In addition to articles, the site includes audio and video clips as well as sample forms addressing a wide range of legal matters such powers of attorney, living wills, and marriage settlement. There is specific information to the modification of estate planning documents for people with Parkinson's under the "Chronic Illness Planning" heading.
Listed in: Mediation & Divorce and Estate & Special Needs Planning

Financial Planning Association

4100 E. Mississippi Avenue, Suite 400
Denver, CO 80246
(800) 322-4237

The Financial Planning Association Web site provides a wide variety of resources (articles, worksheets, guides, webinars, etc.) designed to help individuals understand the importance of financial planning and the value of obtaining sound advice from a financial planning professional. Special sections related to saving for college, estate planning, and long-term care for loved ones are also provided.
Listed in: Budgeting & Planning and Estate & Special Needs Planning

Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA)

180 Montgomery Street, Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94104
(800) 445-8106

The Family Caregiver Alliance was the first community-based non-profit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home. The FCA now provides programs at national, state, and local levels to sustain caregivers. They provide information on various caregiving issues, including legal matters and various health conditions.
Listed in: For Family & Friends and Estate & Special Needs Planning

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

601 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20049
(888) 687-2277

The AARP Web site offers visitors information about a wide range of topics including: health, money, work, insurance, and relationships. Although geared toward a 50+ audience, much of the content is relevant to younger people, especially those who are interested in healthy living and planning for the future. By using a keyword such as "Parkinson's" or "disability," site visitors may obtain a more target list of articles on a particular subject.
Listed in: COBRA and Estate & Special Needs Planning


300 Allsup Place
Belleville, IL 62223
(800) 854-1418

Allsup is a disability representation firm that provides assistance in filing for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Allsup also provides financial guidance and help with tax planning, managing healthcare costs and selecting Medicare options, in addition to offering many money management and planning calculators.

Listed in: Disability, Budgeting & Planning, Bankruptcy, and Estate & Special Needs Planning

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