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Friday, September 14, 2018

Elder Law: More than Just a Job

My name is Jackie Jaques, and I’m an associate attorney at Severns & Howard,  PC.  One thing I love about Severns &Howard is that, for everyone who works here, elder law is more than a job – it’s a calling.  One of the most fulfilling parts of my job is having the opportunity to help families make sense of options they have to provide for their loved ones who are dealing with disability – whether it’s establishing a special needs trust for a disabled child, finding resources to meet the needs of a client facing healthcare challenges, or applying for Medicaid to help pay for long term care for an elderly parent.

When I’m not at work, I dedicate some of my time to two organizations whose missions align with my passion for serving people who are living with disabilities. I'm excited to have the chance to share more information about them with you.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Greater Indianapolis is an amazing organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons and families affected by mental illness through education, support, and advocacy.  I’m currently the secretary of the Board of Directors, and I have served on the board since 2015.  I am proud to be part of this organization because NAMI's programs involve people with lived experience of mental illness helping other people with similar experiences -  whether it’s members of a support group sharing their coping skills, or parents in a Family to Family class supporting each other as they support their children who have mental illness diagnoses.   If you want to learn more about why NAMI is important to me (and, I shamelessly admit, how you can support us) check out this link.

accessABILITY is another organization I love.  I have served on the Board of Directors of accessABILITY since 2017.  accessABILITY is unique because it helps people with disabilities accomplish their own goals.  accessABILITY strives to create a community in which everyone is respected accepted and included - not by trying to make disabled people more like everyone else, but by celebrating clients’ unique strengths and helping them use those strengths to live independently in their community.  Some of our services include transition services to help people live more independently after being institutionalized, helping people obtain and master the use of assistive technology, and helping people advocate for themselves within their communities, schools, and workplaces.  

I am happy to have found a home at Severns & Howard among people who are as dedicated as I am to making our community a better place for the disabled and the elderly.  Every day, I see this dedication exemplified in our work with our clients.  When you come to Severns & Howard for your legal needs, we don’t just work to complete your project.  We create a relationship with you so we can understand your unique needs, and we use our expertise to find the best solutions that will help you and your family as you navigate life’s changes and challenges.



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