Arm yourself with time tested strategies that will protect
your child and assure their happy and fulfilled life, even when you are
no longer able to care for them yourself. It’s surprisingly simple to
do when you follow a proven step-by-step blueprint for success. There’s
still time to plan for your child’s future IF you begin now.
Dear Concerned Parent,
Many parents of children with disabilities share a common
thought that goes something like this…”I hope I live just one day longer
than my child.”
Because while almost all parents deeply love their children
and strive to provide them with everything they need, let’s face it—as
the parent of a special needs’ child, you probably have your own particular
breed of “parental anxieties” about the inevitability of life. Unfortunately,
no matter how much you do for your child now to protect and care for
them, you’re just not going to live
Please take the time to read this very carefully, because now there are absolutely secure strategies that will protect your child.
I’ll get to those in just a moment.
But first I want to impress upon you this stark reality:
If you die without having the proper planning in place for your child,
the result can devastate the rest of your child’s life. That’s why I
urge you to keep this in mind…
Don’t Let This Happen To Your Child
Perhaps you think good old Uncle Dan or Aunt Mary will
step up to the plate if something happens to you. Or perhaps you think
it’s just too uncomfortable to think about at all. Look, I’m going to
be very direct here…parenting your special needs child isn’t for the
faint of heart. You simply cannot afford to think about this “tomorrow”
or at some other vague and distant day in the future. It’s too important
to your child, so if you love them as much as I think you do you’ll get
started right now. Here’s why…
Imagine for a moment that something unexpected happens
and you pass away without a will or proper planning in place. Here’s
what could happen in a heartbeat…
- Your child may instantly need a legally appointed
guardian to make every important decision about their life, such
as what doctors they see, how treatment should proceed, even where
they should live. That means the court will appoint a guardian for
your child from a list of whoever is available at the time. Think
about the impact of possibly having a total stranger suddenly being
in charge of the rest of your child’s life!
- Upon your death, your child suddenly inherits
money they are unable to manage for themselves, and very likely
will render them ineligible for absolutely essential government benefits
that would provide their medical care and basic needs for the rest
of their life. What will they do if they can no longer receive quality
care or needed medications?
- The state can charge in like Attila the Hun to
seize and pillage your child’s inheritance, draining it dry with cost-of-care
claims for their residential and medical expenses. Your child is left
at the mercy of the system to dictate their future.
- The very thing you have worked your tail off for
your entire life, your property and assets, are left to your child
who simply is not capable of managing even one tiny aspect of it. The
safety net you have worked so hard to provide is shot full of holes and
reduced to the fleeting nature of a spider web instead.
- Total strangers who haven’t a clue about your
child’s likes, dislikes, needs, joys, or fears may now be in charge
of your child’s life. No matter how well meaning they may be,
they are simply paid employees who will never fully understand or
appreciate the heart and soul of your unique child.
And that’s just for starters. The good news is it doesn’t have to be this way! With a little thought
and the guidance of knowledgeable experts who have walked in your shoes…
You Can Begin Protecting Your Child’s Secure Future
I’m Mark Russell, your guide to securing your child’s
future. And I understand exactly what you’re going through. You see,
not only am I an attorney…my brother Jon has a mild intellectual disability,
as well as a mental illness.
My parents were incredible, but even so, a narrow-minded
legal system forced Jon into an institutional environment. I could tell
you a thousand stories about growing up with Jon. And if you have a special
needs child in your family, I’m positive you’ve got your own “war stories”
about coping with impersonal systems and bureaucracies too.
The challenges of caring for a special needs child--who
quickly becomes a special needs’ ADULT—can be overwhelming sometimes.
As a matter of fact, seeing what my parents went through largely influenced
my decision to concentrate my law practice in
special needs legal planning.
And I’m eager to tell you the encouraging news. Now there
are much more powerful “holistic” strategies that can assure your child
a meaningful and happy life. But please be aware that the key ingredient
to building a foundation for your child’s lifelong security begins right
this very minute.
Quite simply, you
must take action now, before it’s too late.
I’ve spent the past fifteen years helping parents just
like you with estate plans for their sons or daughters with a disability.
And what I’ve discovered along the way is how absolutely
crucial it is to get this information into the hands of every parent
who is knee deep in this scenario. So I joined forces with my friend
and fellow attorney, Arnold Grant, to provide you with every tool available
to help you…
Build A Fortress Of Safety Around Your Child’s Life
Arnold brings a tremendous amount of knowledge to the
effort, because he’s also “walked the walk” with a disabled family member.
He was very instrumental in helping his wife’s parents plan for the future
of their son, who had a severe intellectual disability as well as cerebral
That means not only do we both have a lifetime of “in
the trenches” experience dealing with the emotional, financial, and personal
issues of coping with a much loved family member who just happens to
have a disability; together we also have over thirty years of real world
experience advising our clients about planning for their special family
member’s life as well. And that’s fantastic news for you!
We’ll make it easy for you, because…
We’re On A Mission To Cut Through The Clutter
And Chaos About Securing Your Child’s Future
It’s not your fault if it seems tremendously confusing
at times. You’ve undoubtedly been bombarded with so much information,
your head is swimming. You see,
when it comes to the issues of planning for the future for your child
with a disability, half-truths and misinformation abound, and this deeply
too much information coming from ill-informed sources that don’t have
the whole story, or even worse, are holding something back you need to
And make no mistake…you must not settle for a lack of
I don’t mean to be harsh. It’s just that I’ve seen way
too many families struggling needlessly under a crushing burden, and
I don’t want that to happen to you. Frankly, things don’t just “work
themselves out”. And “thinking about it later” isn’t going to cut it
when it comes to the rest of your child’s life.
You see, far too often I meet my clients for the first
time when their child has turned 18, and there’s suddenly an emergency.
Scrambling to place your child in a residential facility, or trying to
scrape together a benefits package at the last minute, is not only hugely
stressful…it’s terrifying as well.
If you’re like most parents, you’d switch places with
your child in the blink of an eye if it meant they could live their
life without a care in the world. You’re that kind of person with
a heart full of love, or you wouldn’t be reading this right now.
If the concept of having a step-by-step blueprint
for your child’s future to guide you sounds good, you’ll quickly appreciate
what I’m about to share. And please don’t stress out about having
to learn a lot of complicated legal jargon or tongue-twisting terminology.
You’ll find this is very easy to understand. So even if you don’t know
your “Special Needs Trust” from your “Power of Attorney” yet…
You’ll Quickly Be Up To Speed About What’s Important
About Planning The Future For Your Child
Permit me to tell you a little story that will immediately
open your eyes to why this is so important to you and your family…
About 15-years ago, some parents came to me for a consultation.
They told me they had known about me for quite some time, but what finally
spurred them into action was watching a heartbreaking event unfold for
one of their neighbors.
The neighbor, a middle-aged widow, was the mother of
two sons. Her older son was spending a year studying abroad in England.
Her 9-year-old son had Autism. Sadly, one day the widow died unexpectedly,
without having done a stitch of planning for her younger child. No one
had a clue about what she had intended for her young son if he were suddenly
left alone without a parent to care for him.
The gut wrenching result? The “state” stepped in and
“wrote a will for her” [the intestate statute] and half of her estate
went to each of her boys outright. Because of this, her young son was
rendered ineligible for critically needed government benefits.
Her son ended up in an institution that was completely
inappropriate for him, at the government expense of over $50,000 a year.
Understandably, my clients were anxious to make sure this terribly sad
fate didn’t happen to their child.
While this story may seem extreme, I can assure you these
outcomes happen every day, going largely unnoticed by the rest of the
world. It is tragic, and entirely unnecessary!
So let me ask you…
Isn’t It About Time Somebody Looked Out For
The Best Interests Of YOUR Child Before It’s Too Late?
We think so. That’s why we’ve carefully compiled over
thirty year’s worth of valuable information, leaving no stone unturned
when it comes to planning for your child’s secure future. Between
the two of us, we have literally guided hundreds of families through
the minefield of estate and life planning for children with a disability,
and the amount of knowledge we’ve amassed on this complex challenge
And what we can assure you of is this…a comprehensive
life plan for your child with a disability leaves NOTHING to chance.
Now we’ve synthesized this most crucial and life-changing
information into what has been called “the bible” of planning for your
special needs’ child.
With 616 pages of cutting edge, in-depth information
at your fingertips, “Planning For The Future: Providing A Meaningful
Life For A Child With A Disability After Your Death”, has become
the gold standard for the helping professions.
But more important, this is a desperately needed life-line
for every parent who struggles with the issues of planning for the
future for their child with a disability.
You’ll Be Thrilled To Discover There Are Many
Happy Options For Your Child!
In fact, when you arm yourself
with the step-by-step guidance you’ll find
For The Future”, you’ll
be able to lay out a concrete plan for your
child that takes into consideration ALL of
their special needs, dreams, and interests.
And please don’t worry…it doesn’t have to be a daunting
task. Just like planting a beautiful garden with your child, you’ll find
it becomes an organic progression that grows and develops in a natural
way. All it takes is putting the effort behind it and nurturing your
child’s unique personality, and you’ll soon find you’ll have a secure
plan in place that will bear fruit for the rest of their life.
When you dig into , you’ll
find every avenue for your child included.
Perhaps ideas you may not even have thought
- Uncover the most shocking
illusion that masks the truth about wills and trusts. HINT: Don’t
make the mistake of thinking that by simply preparing a will, your
child’s future is guaranteed. We’ll show you exactly what else you
need to have in place to iron-clad your child’s financial security
for the rest of their life.
- The most important letter
you’ll ever write in your life, and how it will ultimately build
a fortress of security around your child’s future. You’ll be tremendously
reassured and comforted by creating this lasting legacy of love for
- Over SIXTY pages of sample
letters that will guide you through the essential process of
writing the “ultimate gift” letter about your child more easily than
you could ever have imagined. You’ll uncover small but powerful details
about your child’s life that can make all the difference to their
future happiness and security.
- Simple step-by-step components
that must be included in Special Needs Trusts
if you have a child with a disability. You’ll be armed with little-known
strategies that can assure your child’s future inheritance is used
exactly as you wish, without jeopardizing
their essential government benefits in the process. This one step
alone will have you sleeping peacefully at night, secure in the knowledge
that your child is protected.
- Four crucial but often overlooked
elements that are like building a suit of armor around your child’s
Special Needs Trust for the rest of their life, no matter what
their disability may be. Even if your personal attorney isn’t familiar
with these elements (yet!), they’ll quickly be up to speed with this
- How to easily sidestep the
dangerous restrictions and limitations in most Special Needs Trusts that
can lock down your child’s financial future and keep them from enjoying
the benefits of your hard work. Instead, your special needs trust
will be laid out precisely to optimize your child’s future security
and YOUR peace of mind.
- Leap past misinformation and misunderstandings
about guardianships by zeroing in on the pros and cons of this common
strategy. Discover surprising alternatives to guardianships that
can give your child more options in life, and how to know which choice
is best for your child.
- How your child can hit the mother lode by enjoying
maximum support from their well-deserved government benefits PLUS maximum
cash assistance from other sources, without losing one single penny
of government funding. It’s 100% legal and secure, but not many
people even know about it!
- Gain the inside track to
tons of options for residential, educational, employment, and social
opportunities for your child, with specific information about
unbelievably important websites. You’ll discover a treasure chest
of information about rich resources in your community for your special
needs’ child that you never knew existed before.
- A simple formula to determine
exactly how much money your child will need to protect their
future by automatically factoring in everything from inflation to
rates of return on your assets. Even if you are “mathematically challenged”,
you’ll find this simple and easy to understand. This can make ALL
the difference to breathing a sigh of relief when you see how quickly
you can lay the foundation for your child’s secure future.
- How to quickly and LEGALLY
dissolve the problem if your child with a disability has too many
assets in their name to qualify for government benefits. Don’t
let loving friends and family accidentally derail your child’s future
with their generosity! With these little known strategies in place,
you can STILL accept their help without trading your child’s future
benefits away in the process.
- Strategic planning you MUST
know if your child’s disability is the result of a personal injury
resulting in a settlement. There’s simply no good reason to penalize
your child for a tragic incident even more by slashing their much
needed benefits to the bone. We’ll show you exactly how to avoid
this unfair scenario.
- Over 35 pages of little
known tax advantages that support the families of children with a
disability. You’ll be flooded with relief when you realize there
are smart tax strategies that can actually HELP you build your child’s
secure future, instead of sucking your resources dry.
- The most simple and foolproof way you can instantly
knock estate planning taxes on it’s ear and save huge amounts of money. This
one secret alone could drastically impact your child’s future happiness
and security in an astounding way!
- The single most important
thing you must do before you sit down to write even one word
of your plan for your child’s secure future. If you want your
child to live comfortably and happily even if you are no longer available
to care for them, you’ll take care of this immediately.
- And that’s just a small
sampling of what’s waiting for you!
Right about now you may be thinking, “Sounds good, but…
“How Do I Know These Strategies Will
Apply To MY State of Residence?”
That’s an excellent question, and one you should be asking.
It’s very true that there is no one resource that has
100% of the answers to cover every aspect of the law in all fifty states.
So let’s be very clear about this…
We specifically and highly recommend you have an
attorney as part of your team when planning for your child’s future. We
would never say that you
should approach such a complex task as assuring your child’s future
health and happiness without the able assistance of someone who is
intimately acquainted with the laws of your particular state. That
would be foolish.
However, that being said,
For The Future” has been
hailed by parents and professionals all across
the country as the gold standard when it comes
to a solid, “one-stop-shopping” resource for
you as the parent of a special needs child.
In fact, it can save you thousands of dollars
in attorney fees by helping you zero in on
exactly what you need to do every step of
You see, no matter where you
live, smart questions are smart questions, and you must be equipped
to ask them. And if you don’t know WHAT to ask, how will you ever get
the answers you need for your child? Parents all across the country
find it much faster and easier to deal with their attorneys with this
resource in hand.
Think of “Planning
For The Future” as a blueprint
to build your child’s secure future, drawn
and designed by two highly skilled “architects”
who are experts in building the safest fortresses
in the world.
Plus, no matter where you live, there are literally hundreds
of pages devoted to specific strategies that extend beyond the
borders of your regional area, and encompass the entire nation.
- Life planning and letters of intent to secure
your child’s future
- Websites for local resources that can help
ease your journey
- Advocacy and guardianship issues you may
never have thought of
- Federal benefits and how to maximize them
to help your child the most
- Calculating financial needs for your child
so you can plan accurately
- Exactly how to create your will correctly
to assure your child’s security
- Provisions to consider with special needs
trusts to protect your child fully
This is THE
book that brings the full force of an entire
career in estate planning for children with
disabilities to bear. There simply isn’t
any other resource available that gathers
so much vital information between two covers.
The Future” is like having
a bible, operator’s manual, and blueprint
for a happy life, all rolled into one incredible
Here’s Why You Can Believe In This Solid Gold Resource…
“Planning is the book’s overriding feature—no matter what the
disability, or how small the income, if there is a well-considered
and thoughtful plan, children with disabilities will have a greater
chance of enjoying the best possible health and security. This
book is a must purchase for all parents who have children with
emotional, physical, or mental disabilities.”
~Legal Information Alert
“Thank you very much for sharing your
knowledge and experience through this publication. The book is
a real treasure. It’s not only a very difficult task to raise
and nurture a challenged child, but the worry and realistic anxieties
that follow through life are even greater. This book gave my
husband and me ideas and comfort that we do have many options
for provision for our daughter with minimal burden on other family
book helped to make a sometimes confusing situation much clearer.
I especially appreciated the section
on government agencies. I feel I can now plan for my son’s
future with a more clear direction. Thank you.”
For The Future’ is the most complete compilation which I have
seen of useful information for planning the future of a mentally
disabled family member. The authors lay out the issues and
options in great detail, including sample letters. They also
skillfully take the mystery out of legal jargon. Highly recommended.”
~E. Fuller Torrey, M.D.,
of “Surviving Schizophrenia”
planning for families with children who have a disability is
quite different from other types of estate planning. ‘Planning
For The Future’ draws on the authors’ extensive personal experience,
providing a number of case histories and specific examples
to enable readers to understand the planning process. Numerous
worksheets, sample documents, and useful charts are included.
This book is easily understood and very helpful in addressing
the many issues that face parents with disabled children.”
~Nancy Schurtz, Professor of Law,
University of Oregon
in a review by Estate Planning Magazine
This is just a small sampling of comments from parents
and professionals who have found the answers they need from this valuable
resource. All you have to do is look at the margins of this letter
for even more rave reviews.
The bottom line is
“Planning For The Future”
should be the primary way you begin laying
the groundwork for your child’s secure and
happy life. If your child is a babe in arms,
it is NOT too early to begin. And if they
are older, you simply MUST get moving right
now, before it’s too late.
But First, I Have A Confession…
We’ve been accused of consistently over-delivering
a blizzard of information that covers every tiny detail of planning
for your child’s future in incredibly easy to understand detail. You
know what we say to that?
Guilty as charged Your Honor!
We simply insist that you have every power tool possible
to build an unshakable foundation for your child’s happy and secure
life. Frankly, we’ve poured our life’s blood into this effort for over
We’ve sweat bullets to assure you of the most current,
accurate, and absolutely cutting edge information that can arm you
with everything you need to be a warrior of advocacy for your child.
And we’ve done everything in our power to keep the
cost to a reasonable level, so everyone with
a special needs child can have easy access to this information. It’s
your right and obligation as a parent. And we just don’t think it’s
acceptable to keep such vital information as something only available
to the rich and privileged, who can afford to hand over tens of thousands
of dollars to an attorney to cross all the “T’s” and dot all the “I’s”
That’s why even though Arnold and I are both routinely
paid more than $200 per hour for our legal services, we’ve pared our
fees to the bone and made this incredible resource available for only
$89.95 (plus $7.00 S&H).
When you stop and think about it, that’s a tiny fraction
of what it would cost you to have a personal consultation with either
one of us, and far less than a sliver of an hour with almost any attorney
in the country. For example, an estate plan for any of our clients
runs a minimum of $1,500.
With “Planning For The Future” in your hands, you’ll
already have a head start on exactly what you need to put in place
for your child, before you ever visit with your personal attorney. We
find many of our appreciative parents use the book as a guideline
for their attorney, saving them hundreds (if not thousands!) of dollars
by getting straight to the heart of the matter on behalf of their
So you see, for an unbelievable 24 cents a day…you get the benefit of having two experienced experts
in special needs planning guide you through one of the most challenging
and complex problems of your entire life. That’s less than you probably
already fritter away on fleeting things like magazines, fast food,
and soft drinks from the convenience store.
Instead, you can…
Make A Smart Investment In Your Child’s Secure Future
There’s absolutely no good
reason not to take advantage of this valuable resource. It’s the fastest
way for you to get moving to assure your child’s secure future is locked
Once you make a decision to do this, you’ll feel
like the weight of the world has lifted from your shoulders! There’s
simply no better feeling than knowing in your heart of hearts that
your child is safe and protected for the rest of their life, no matter
Then, instead of worrying through sleepless nights
about what will become of them, you’ll leave a legacy of love by planning for their
“forever” right now. It’s just like wrapping your arms around
your child and holding them in your loving embrace for all time.
But to make it even easier for you, rest securely in
100% No Risk, No Worry, Six-Month Money-Back Guarantee!
It’s really very easy to understand. We want you to
be completely satisfied that you’re getting
the real deal, so you can cover every contingency in planning for your
child’s happy and secure future.
Please take SIX FULL MONTHS to use “Planning For
The Future” and comb through it completely. Show it to your own
attorney, your child’s teachers, their doctor…anyone at all who is
involved in the care of your child.
Put it to the test. Prove us by transforming every
strategy into action that helps your child. If for ANY reason (or
no reason at all) you decide this isn’t for you, simply return the book to us for a full refund. No
questions, no hassles, no weasel clauses. We are extremely confident
that you will find tremendous value in this book, but if you feel we
have somehow failed you, we simply do not want your money.
So let’s get moving on behalf of your child…
Here Are 3 Easy Ways To Get Started Now
- Visit our Bookmasters website
and order absolutely securely online.
- Get your printable order form right
here, fill it out, then Fax or
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- Call us at 1(800)247-6553 and order with any of these
That’s All There Is To It!
Please, if you have a child with a disability, let
us help you. We’ve been where you are now, and I still live it
every day with my older brother. He’s filled with a special spirit
that embraces the whole wide world, and he is very dear to me. I’m
sure you can understand this feeling.
I believe when you take a moment to investigate what’s
waiting for you in “Planning For The Future”, you’ll finally find tremendous
reassurance and comfort. You’ll also find an absolutely secure way
to guarantee your child has the best care possible for the rest of
their life, even after you are gone.
I know it’s not easy to think about your ultimate departure
from your child’s life. But we promise to be with you every step of
the way. We’ll successfully guide you through exactly what measures
you need to take to build a secure future for your child. And you’ll
finally experience the profound peace of mind that comes from knowing
you’ve done all the right things to leave a legacy of love for them.
To your child’s happy and secure future,
L. Mark Russell
P.S. Please don’t be concerned
about having to wade through a sea of complicated
language that only another attorney can translate!
We’ve structured every word in “Planning
For The Future” in a way
that is very easy to read and understand.
Don’t let another day pass without taking
action. Start building your child’s future
P.P.S. We hear from parents just like you every single
day who are finally feeling tremendous peace about their child’s future.
You can feel peaceful too, once you put a strategic plan into place
for your child. It’s the ultimate gift of love. Don’t fail your
child by abandoning them to the system when you’re gone.
you very much for sharing your knowledge and experience through this
publication. The book is a real “Treasure”. It’s not only a very
difficult task to raise and nurture a challenged child but, the worry
and realistic anxieties that follow through life are even greater.
This book gave my husband and me ideas
and comfort that we do have many options for provision for our
daughter with minimal burden on other family members.
With careful planning and the info
from your book, the future looks like it will be fine for her and
the rest of our family when we are gone. We learned of the book
through our estate planner which I’ll be forever grateful.
I’m passing on what we have learned
to another family member in a similar situation. I will be ordering
“For the last 25 years, I have worked
with parents/families in varying administrative roles responding
to their questions and concerns regarding the future of family
members who have disabilities. Always I wished I would have had
this type of information available. This book is very well written
and I really can’t think of a piece of information that is missing.”
~Sister Elaine Weber, O.S.F.,
St. John’s Villa, Carrollton, Ohio
“I congratulate the authors for their
approach, their comprehensiveness, and their obvious commitment
to people with disabilities. This book should be read numerous
times before and during estate planning with one’s own advisors.”
~ Marilyn Price Spivak, Founder,
National Head Injury Foundation
“A comprehensive publication which presents
an easy to follow approach to addressing vital questions and burning
issues that caregivers and consumers encounter. A must for every
professional in the field of mental retardation.”
~ B.R. Walker, Ph.D., Past President,
“Planning For The Future is a book
we distribute at all Arc events. We have found it to be a great
deal of value and very easy to understand for all parents concerned
~ Tony Paulauski, Executive Director,
Arc of Illinois
“When educators assemble libraries,
they tend to select two categories of books: those for themselves
as instructor and those to be shared with persons with disabilities,
their families, and their caregivers. Educators concerned with
transition will find that this indispensable book can fit into
~ Gerald Giordano, Ph.D.,
Book Review Editor
Career Development For Exceptional Individuals
“Estate planning for families with children
who have a disability is quite different from other types of estate
planning. . . Planning For The Future draws on the authors’ extensive
personal experience, providing a number of case histories and specific
examples to enable readers to understand the planning process.
Numerous worksheets, sample documents, and useful charts are included.
This book is easily understood and very helpful in addressing the
many issues that face parents with disabled children.”
~ Nancy Shurtz, Professor of Law,
University of Oregon Law School,
in a review by
Estate Planning Magazine
“Now, as the time arrives to look to
the future of a child with a disability, a future in which families
will be absent due to aging, illness or death, the need to plan
becomes urgent. This book is the place to begin the process of
future care planning. It is comprehensive and thorough, taking
the reader through each step and available option. The authors
are generous and accurate in the information they provide.”
~ Carol Obloy, Chairman, Guardianship
and Trusts Network, NAMI, From a review in the NAMI Advocoate
“Planning For The Future is the perfect
book for families who have a loved one with a disability. One must
consider how to provide for long-term care therefore making this
book a must read for all.”
~ Patricia M. Johnson,
Executive Director, Publisher
A Positive Approach Magazine
“Our work has been positively and significantly
enhanced by this resource that removes the mystery from an extremely
complex, too often avoided, legal and personal dilemma for families
confronted with the many issues of disability. Going beyond my
expectations, these authors have created a resource readable and
practical for families experiencing disability and the professionals
who support family efforts.”
~ Ronnie Barclay,
Parent Education Coordinator
Illinois Next Step Network,
Illinois Dept. of Rehabilitation Services
“Planning For The Future provides families
with a manageable way of organizing their knowledge, hopes, and
fears for the future. Reading it increases parents’ chances of
getting to sleep at night.”
~ Carolyn Beckett,
Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center
“As the mother of a son who suffered
from paranoid schizophrenia, I have worked for several years with
a dedicated group of people who were concerned about the future
of family members with severe disabilities. This book has the answers
to all the questions that have haunted me. I congratulate the authors
for their expertise, and their obvious compassion for people with
~ Gwill Newman,
National Association for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression;
Chicago Brain Research Foundation
“Planning For The Future is an extremely
comprehensive and step by step approach from education and social
activities to legal and financial elements to enable parents
to ensure the future quality of life for their child with a disability.”
~ Jeffrey A. Ditty, Ph.D.,
Neuro Education Center
“Using this book is probably the single
most important planning step that you can take for your child.”
~ Professor Kenneth Friedman,
From a Review in The Association For Persons with Severe Handicaps (TASH)
“Expert information on this very important
often complicated topic. Very valuable for parents and professionals.”
~ Stanley D. Klein, Ph.D.,
Editor in Chief,
Exceptional Parent Magazine
“There are many times when a parent
of one of our residents asks what they can do now to insure not
only the financial future of their child, but also their future
emotional well-being. This book meets the needs of families who
are faced with these challenges.”
~ Robert C. Wissinger,
Martha Lloyd Community Services,
“Planning For The Future is a valuable
reference book for both parents who have children with handicaps
and for professionals who offer consultation to parents and their
children with handicaps …I enthusiastically endorse the text.”
~ Bernard R. Wagner, Ph.D.,
President, Evergreen Presbyterian Ministries, Inc.
“The book Planning For The Future came
to us at exactly the right time. We are holding an estate planning
seminar in the near future. This book will give parents something
concrete to use. . . It is easy to read and covers the topics so
vital to the future for people who are disabled. Congratulations
on a book well done!”
~ Marian Mullet,
“Provides compelling and powerful instructions
for implementing the important things a parent needs to include
in their disabled child’s life and financial plan. . . It will
be used as a primary planning tool for parents who come to the
Pathfinder Village International Information and Conference Center
on Down Syndrome in Edmeston.”
~ Paul A Donnelly,
Special Project Consultant,
International Information and Conference Center on Down Syndrome
As parents of children with disabilities,
we all face that difficult question, “What about later?” There
is such a vast range of issues to be dealt with you almost don’t
know where to begin nor do you know how to even organize your thoughts.
Thankfully, it looks like the authors of this book have done that
for us. This comprehensive manual guides the reader through everything
we need to know regarding the care of our beloved children when
they are on their own starting from employment, shelter, recreation,
health, and, of course, the business aspects of financial matters.
The authors’ advice based on their legal expertise will prevent
us from making critical mistakes and maximize the amount of care
and benefits that we can expect for our children. This book is
a must-have for all parents to serve as a helpful reference to
best prepare for the coming years.
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