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While your child’s school, doctors and other service providers are communicating with you now, when your child turns 18, they might not. Learn about the legal options to protect your decision-making authority and the family estate planning that is necessary when you have a child with special needs. We’ll take the mystery out of what a guardianship or guardian advocacy really means, what might be less restrictive alternatives, including supportive decision making, along with the pros and cons of each and the associated costs. When we’re done, you’ll have the tools to make an informed choice to assist your loved one with decision making in the future.

Michelle R. Kenney is a founding attorney with GAPS Legal, PLLC. GAPS Legal, PLLC was created to serve the specific legal needs of the guardianship, advocacy, probate, planning and special needs communities. She is a current member of the Florida Bar and serves on the Florida Bar Elder Law Section’s Guardianship and Special Needs Trust Committees. She is a current board member of Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida, Inc., and the Center for Guardianship Certification, and serves on the advisory board for Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Law Clinic.