Consumers may also employ other strategies such as negotiating with the original creditor or collector for a discounted payoff. It is helpful to offer a lump sum payment. Whatever strategy is employed to reduce the amount or severity of the debt, if the collector files a lawsuit, it is important for the consumer to respond and file any necessary paperwork by the deadline and appear in court on the appropriate day to avoid a default judgment. Legal assistance is important for helping older and disabled adults navigate the judicial process.
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Adapted to changing regulatory and statutory environment
Continued to fight for our wards and enlist help with needed
Continued to transfer wards to family guardians and continued to follow medical advice for our wards.
Increased staff trainings to stay up-to-date in a changing environment
Expanded the office’s connections with key support groups
Increased morale for county employees without costing the county or taxpayers
Weighing in on future changes
Looking forward to 2019
Supported Decision-Making is a series of relationships, practices, arrangements, and agreements designed to assist an individual with a disability to make and communicate to others decisions about their life. It is a tool that allows people with disabilities to retain their decision-making capacity by choosing supports to help them make choices. Supported Decision-Making will look different for everyone. It means finding supports to help a person with a disability understand, make, and communicate their own choices. In some states, the disabled person can execute a legally binding Supported Decision-Making agreement which identifies their method of decision-making. This document can help doctors, bankers, lawyers, and other third parties to understand and accept the decision of the person with a disability. Advocates for Supported Decision-Making often feel that it is an alternative to guardianship, and that full guardianship and conservatorship should only be a last resort.
The UMKC Institute for Human Development is hosting a symposium on Supported Decision-Making. Click the link below for details!
For more information on Supported Decision-Making, click on the below links.
I recently learned about this amazing non-contact boxing program that is helping to combat Parkinson’s symptoms. Approximately one million Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease a neurodegenerative disorder that robs people of the ability to perform simple activities, like walking, talking, and typing.
Rock Steady Boxing is a high intensity workout that targets areas that Parkinson’s affects, such as balance, big movements and posture. Rock Steady is a national program, and they have classes at North Kansas City Hospital. It costs $35 per month per person. Always make sure to consult with your doctors first before starting any exercise program. You can also register for an assessment to qualify for the class at nkch.org/RockSteady or by calling 816-691-5020.
Check out the videos below to learn about some of the amazing results people fighting Parkinson’s have had after Rock Steady.
To learn more about Parkinson’s disease, check out the Parkinson’s Foundation at the link below.
Boxing program trains patients to beat Parkinson's CBS Sunday Morning:
Rock Steady North Kansas City Hospital:
The answers to commonly asked questions are great examples of what our office does and our procedures. Many of the questions have to do with how our office works with attorneys and working with attorneys in general. I want to address these online because others might have similar questions.