PROBATE POWER

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Probate Power is CCDC’s new social enterprise legal program. We focus primarily on estate planning and probate administration for people with disabilities. Probate Power’s approach puts the emphasis on the client with a disability and his or her individual needs and wishes. The goal of Probate Power is to make sure our clients know that they have a voice when it comes to their estate planning and probate matters. As an organization, CCDC always focuses on the independence of the individual first.

Special Needs Planning

When a loved one has special needs, careful planning is necessary to ensure the individual is provided for in the future. Special needs planning frequently revolves around maintaining public benefits eligibility for the individual with special needs. We understand, firsthand, the impact that a special needs family member can have on family and how important public benefits eligibility can be in the life of a person with a disability. Chris Brock, Probate Power’s managing attorney, is a paraplegic and a past recipient of both Medicaid and SSI. Further, the vast majority of CCDC employees are individuals with disabilities who either receive public benefits or have helped individuals become eligible. We know that many people lay awake at night worrying about what will happen to their loved one with special needs once they are gone.

Probate Power can help address all your concerns. Special needs situations differ greatly, and we understand a one-size fits all approach does not work for our clients with special needs. Whether through a Special Needs Trust, ABLE account, guardianship, or other estate planning choices, we will discuss your options and create an estate plan for your family that protects your loved one with special needs and addresses his or her unique needs and wishes.

Estate Planning

Estate planning allows individuals to plan for the future and determine what happens to their assets after their death. Every adult should have an estate plan, especially those who support a family. We work closely with clients to ensure you have the best estate planning package for you and your family. Estate planning can involve a variety of planning tools, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advanced medical directives, and more. Our goal is to determine what estate plan is best for you so that you have peace of mind that your affairs are in order and your family will be secure in the future.

Uncontested Guardianships and Conservatorships

Sometimes a person is incapable of managing his or her own personal care, medical treatment, and/or financial affairs. When this is the situation, a court-appointed guardian or conservator may be required. If you choose to apply to a court to become a guardian or conservator for your loved one, we will walk you through the guardianship/conservatorship process, which can require a good amount of paperwork and at least one court appearance. Because CCDC focuses on the independence of the individual first, we believe that only guardianships/conservatorships in which the individual with disabilities agrees to give up his or her rights should be permitted.

Who should call Probate Power?

  • Parents of children with disabilities (ages 3-15) who have means and have progressed in their careers to a point where they know they will have financial security. These parents want to be able to provide for their disabled children in a meaningful way that protects benefits that the children will need as adults.
  • Parents of transition age children (ages 16-26) with the means to pay for services that want guardianship and benefits assessments.
  • Adults with disabilities who are working (and may be using the Medicaid Buy-In Program) and want to protect their assets in the event of job loss or aging out of the program.

Recent Media Coverage of Probate Power

Don’t miss Nicole Brady’s great interview with Chris Brock on Politics Unplugged in February 2017.

Contact Information

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Christopher D. Brock, Esq.
Managing Attorney

 

Phone: 720-279-8233
Fax: 303-568-7419
cdbrock@ccdconline.org

For more information regarding Probate Power’s legal services or to schedule an initial free consultation, please contact us at (720) 279-8233 or cdbrock@ccdconline.org.

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