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Allegheny County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division creates a Legal Guide for Families in Medical Crisis

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – June 30, 2011. Officers of the Allegheny County Bar Association today announced that its Young Lawyers Division has created a Legal Guide for Families in Medical Crisis. The guide is accessible at http://www.acba.org/yldlgfmc/.
The Legal Guide for Families in Medical Crisis is a project of the Allegheny County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division designed to help members of the general public easily find answers to difficult healthcare-related questions online.

“It took a tremendous amount of work for our Young Lawyers Division to create this website and we’re confident it will be a helpful resource to families facing a medical situation,” said ACBA President Howard Schulberg.

The guide covers a broad range of topics including the following: a detailed description of all the varying types of health care providers; patient rights and responsibilities; the complaint process in Pennsylvania; guardianship and powers of attorney; special needs trusts; privacy issues; tips on paying for medical care; insurance issues; Medicare and Medicaid; prescription drug coverage; how to best deal with debt from medical expenses; tax implications; the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act; disability; workers’ compensation; legal issues including how to find an attorney; statutes of limitation; informed consent; estate planning; business planning; and resources for patients to find emotional support.

“It took the work of 16 young lawyers to piece this guide together, section by section, in a way that made sense. The original concept for the guide was for it to be a simple grouping of links to existing online resources,” said YLD Chair Mike Feeney. “It ended up being a website consisting of over 60 pages of original content on what most people view as very difficult issues. Additionally, everything is customized for residents of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, so that every possible local resource would be included.”

Chartered in 1870 and headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Bar Association is a professional organization with more than 6,600 member attorneys, judges, magisterial district judges, legal administrators, and paralegals.

Contact:

ACBA President -- Howard J. Schulberg, Esq.
412-281-0587

ACBA Young Lawyers Division Chair -- Mike Feeney, Esq.
412-338-4733

Allegheny County Bar Association Director of Communications -- Jennifer Pulice, Esq.
412-402-6623


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