Fall 2020
Welcome to our Fall Newsletter! Embracing each other in these challenging times is what it's all about, and we are here for you. We've put together our Newsletter with you in mind, helping to expand your awareness, reduce your stress and redefine what is possible as you advocate for your loved ones.
Keeping You and Our Office Safe During the Pandemic
In response to these unprecedented times, we have created COVID-specific office polices for the safety of our staff and clients. Read More
Parents of an Adult Child with Disabilities: What Happens When You Need Care Yourself?
As part of our Elder Law Talks Series, Attorney David Banas discusses options for parents of an adult child with disabilities, when they need care themselves.

When you become financially eligible for Medicaid, the next step is to apply and it’s generally a straightforward process. You fill out an application with basic information about yourself and submit it to the county Job and Family Services (JFS) where you currently reside. However, the next steps are crucial and can become overwhelming.

Masks Required at School - What About Kids with Disabilities?
Recently, we have been receiving inquiries from parents who are worried that their children with disabilities won’t be able to go back to school because of the new mask mandate issued by Governor DeWine. The order requires all students in grades K-12 to wear a mask at school. But, as we all know, there is a fairly small group of students who, because of their disabilities, simply cannot wear a mask all day, if at all.

Guardianship Can Be a Helpful Tool
With all the changes that have taken place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including social isolation and broken routines, we are finding that some people who were once “stable” and able to manage their daily affairs safely are now unable to do so.  They may be eloping, refusing food or medication, or maybe even having thoughts of suicide.

In The News
Have You Seen Us on It's About You?!
Attorney David Banas and Care Coordinator Janelle Leonard are monthly guests on Channel 3's It's About You, where they discuss elder law and care advocacy services with local TV and radio personality Joe Cornauer.
Attorney Linda Gorczynski Selected for CMBA Leadership Academy
We are pleased to announce that Attorney Linda Gorczynski has been selected for this year’s CMBA Leadership Academy! This program provides leadership and professional development for those who have demonstrated passion for the profession, a genuine commitment to expanding leadership development and an excitement for building relationships with lawyers and leaders in greater Cleveland.
Introducing the Hickman & Lowder Video Blog!
We are excited to introduce our new Video Blog Series, which currently includes Elder Law Talks and Special Needs Insights hosted by attorney David Banas.

Coffee & Conversation
Join Elder Law Attorneys David Banas and Ethan Welch over a good cup of coffee as we kick off our virtual chat series, where we’ll discuss protecting your assets, the Medicaid application process and what to do if a spouse or parent needs nursing care. 

Protecting Your Assets
Saturday, October 17, 2020
10:00 am
Unraveling the Myths of Medicaid
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Planning for Long-Term Care
Saturday, December 19, 2020
10:00 am