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Washington, DC – November 1, 2021: The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) today released a new video, Legal Options for Individuals with Special Needs and Disabilities. Since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted in 1990, society has pivoted to support and empower individuals with special needs and disabilities. This video explains some of the alternatives available for the disabled and elderly and their caretakers.
ACTEC Fellows Tara Anne Pleat and Professor David English offer an overview of legal options, including alternatives to guardianship, Supported Decision-Making (SDM), power of attorney, healthcare proxies, Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST), Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) and more. The companion webpage to the video includes several resources for those who want additional information on the topics.
Planning for a Diverse and Equitable Future host, ACTEC Fellow Terrence M. Franklin, said, “I am proud of the quality of information ACTEC is able to share with the disabled community, their families, and the professionals that support them. This video concludes the first season of this monthly series. The ACTEC Foundation has approved a second season of videos. Stay tuned for more videos exploring legal issues and diversity topics.”
Learn more about this topic by watching the Legal Options for Individuals with Special Needs and Disabilities video. For further information about ACTEC’s Planning for a Diverse and Equitable Future video series, please visit actec.org/diversity.
About The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC): Established in 1949, The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) is a national, nonprofit association of approximately 2,400 lawyers and law professors from throughout the United States and abroad. ACTEC members (Fellows) are peer-elected on the basis of professional reputation and expertise in the preparation of wills and trusts, estate planning, probate, trust administration and related practice areas. The College’s mission includes the improvement and reform of probate, trust and tax laws and procedures and professional practice standards. ACTEC frequently offers technical comments with regard to legislation and regulations but does not take positions on matters of policy or political objectives.
About The ACTEC Foundation: The ACTEC Foundation is the philanthropic arm of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel or ACTEC. The Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) that offers education to families and professionals and supports students interested in the trust and estate area of the law. Through continued financial support, The ACTEC Foundation offers professional development, scholarships and education for a number of important efforts, including legal education, educational support, public initiatives, legal publications and the student editorial board.
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