"Effective immediately, now that your spouse is disabled…no more money can come into your family....I don't want to live off of the government. I don't want to live in poverty because someone tells me that's where I should live." Stories sought (at Congressman's request) documenting the effects of a law that tries to break up families by denying the able-bodied a chance to earn a living.
Hi, Rita -- The quote isn't mine; it came from a blog entry by RoaringMouse on Caregiving.com -- though my own caree has fallen through the technicality cracks as far as Social Security disability is concerned (we've been to four disability lawyers, to no avail). Guardian issues differ from state to state. In Florida where I live, I hold power of attorney but am not a legal guardian; in some other states POA confers legal guardianship. Getting POA has opened a lot of doors for me; prior to that I had no legal standing whatsoever and could not get my caree the help she needed. I suggest talking with a lawyer to see what the guardianship requirements are where you live. I hope you can find a solution.
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