Will I need a guardianship when my child reaches 18? Many parents ponder this question. There are several less restrictive alternatives to guardianship that should be considered. Supported Decision Making is built around the concept of person-centered planning, preserving the maximum amount of self-determination for the individual with cognitive impairments.. The goal is to protect rights and ensure choices of [...]
The Humble Law Firm, PLLC, was formed by Macy A. Melton (then using her married name Humble) in 2012 to begin a solo estate planning practice with a focus on the needs of families with a special needs child, whatever the age.
As a mother of a son with moderate autism, she had known the deep concerns of what would happen to her child should something happen to herself or the child’s father.
And wondering who would care for him when she and his father were no longer able to.
Also of concern was the notion of providing support but allowing her son to have the maximum independence to pursue his dreams in a safe environment. With the knowledge that there were many families facing the same concerns, she set out to create a practice that would address their concerns.
Continuum of Care
I understand the challenges at each stage of the child’s life, from early education to puberty to transition services to supportive employment and housing placement.
I am dedicated to helping you create a plan that will allow your child to have a meaningful life with purpose, dignity, respect and a sense of community, in the least restrictive but safe environment.
I am currently serving as a board member on nonprofit which is developing a housing community for adults with special needs and this is one of the goals of the organization.
Macy A. Melton, Principal Attorney
Although the focus of my practice today is on issues relating to special needs, I serve a wide range of clientele, and value every client relationship greatly.
In my 25 years as a lawyer I have done work in a wide range of matters, including public finance, general corporate matters including formation and governance, issues relating to nonprofits, federal and local tax issues, federal tax exemption, and of course estate planning. I approach client service with a focus on integrity, advocacy, and understanding. I care about you and your concerns!
Are you considering what to do with a year end bonus, Christmas gifts your child receives, or how to save your child's Supplemental Social Security Income ("SSI") income without affecting benefit eligibility? You may want to set up an ABLE Account in his or her name. While the Achieving a Better Living Experience (ABLE) Act has been in effect for two years [...]
What about my "typical" child? Are there areas of concern I should be addressing regarding their development? In fact, siblings of children with special needs experience some feelings of anger, frustration, guilt, grief, anxiety and even jealousy over their brother or sister with special needs. If unrecognized, these feelings can manifest themselves in negative behaviors. Child Support [...]
What about my "typical" child? Are there areas of concern I should be addressing regarding their development? In fact, siblings of children with special needs experience some feelings of anger, frustration, guilt, grief, anxiety and even jealousy over their brother or sister with special needs. If unrecognized, these feelings can manifest themselves in negative behaviors. My Story [...]
Primary Benefits of ABLE Legislation: Allows disabled individuals (diagnosed before the age of 26) receiving SSDI or SSI to save money over and above the $2000 limitation Permits growth in account on a tax free basis Distributions used for qualifying expenses are not taxed as income Anyone can contribute to account The ABLE Act, an acronym for Achieving a Better [...]
I’m dedicated to ensuring that I serve all of my clients with the highest degree of diligence, and that their legal needs are met at a reasonable cost. I have been a lawyer for over 25 years and have worked at both large firms and smaller boutique firms. In either case, they have beautiful offices and well-appointed reception areas and conference rooms, and high legal bills.
Because I am a solo practitioner and have little overhead, I can offer high-quality legal work and personal client service that is affordable – I estimate my fees are generally a third of what it would cost for the same services were I at a law firm.
I’m committed to providing you with individualized, quality legal support that meets your budget.