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Legal Assistance

There are several points at which legal assistance may be helpful or necessary if you are living with Parkinson's disease.  You may look for legal assistance with employment, disability benefits, long term care planning or planning advanced directives, such as a living will.

The articles included in this section were written by Janna Dutton, J.D., of Dutton & Casey, P.C., who also presented an online seminar on this issue.  After browsing these resources, if you have more questions, please call PDF at (800) 457-6676.

 

Related Resources from the PD Resource List

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
Category: Legal Matters
Resource Type: National Organizations
Phone: (703) 942-5711
Email: naela@naela.org
Associated URL: www.naela.org
Language: English
This nonprofit professional association offers a state-by-state directory of those lawyers who specialize in Elder law. These professionals are often well versed in disability and senior laws and can help create a forward-thinking plan to benefit a person with PD.

Parkinson's Disease Work-Related Disability Assessment
Category: Social Security Benefits
Resource Type: Publications
Publication Date: 2010
Publisher: Parkinson's Action Network (PAN)
Toll Free: (800) 850-4726
Email: info@parkinsonsaction.org
Associated URL: www.parkinsonsaction.org/PDform
State: District of Columbia
This form was primarily designed for the working-person living with PD as a way to track a more detailed and relevant history of PD symptoms and progression for future reference. Although not designated an official Social Security Administration or physician medical form, it can help document symptom history and the impact on one’s ability to work, when applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
Category: Legal Matters
Resource Type: Websites
Publisher: US Department of Justice
Toll Free: (800) 514-0301 (voice); (800) 514-0383 (TTY)
Associated URL: www.ada.gov
Language: English
This website and helpline, sponsored by the federal government, offer technical assistance and information about the ADA statute. Publications available in Spanish.

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