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Jonathan Hermes evaluates a special needs trust.

Jonathan Hermes evaluates a special needs trust.

The Wake Forest motto Pro Humanitate means “For Humanity.”  In the Elder Law Clinic, the students are certainly doing their part to help others.

Jonathan Hermes had a client whose daughter has complex medical problems and is eligible for Medicaid.  Inheriting money would cause the daughter to lose this important benefit. Jonathan looked into the Corporation of Guardianship, a non-profit agency that provides care coordination for persons with disabilities. The client decided to leave assets to her daughter in a special needs trust. The agency will manage the funds to supplement the daughter’s care, keeping her eligible for Medicaid.

In April, we partnered with two non-profit groups:  Friends of Residents in Long-Term Care and AARP NC.  We sponsored a program in which people talked about concerns they had about long-term care options.

Megan Dyer gave a presentation at the State Employee Credit Union’s Family House about common legal issues of older people.  The SECU House offers low-cost hotel-style housing for patients and their families, while they are getting care at local hospitals.

In February, Nathan Young spoke about powers of attorney and guardianship to a large group of providers of aging services.  The program was hosted by the Shepherd’s Center of Winston-Salem.  Attendees wrote, “Nathan, we were all impressed at your poise and knowledge!”

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