YPSILANTI –Three Eastern Michigan University professors presented continuing education coursework to members of the Society of Financial Service Professionals this month. Annemarie Kelly, Lewis Hershey, and Christina Marsack-Topolewski examined the potential ethical, financial, and clinical challenges associated with implementing legal guardianships.
Kelly, Hershey, and Marsack-Topolewski have developed a set of best practices that can help individuals who are subject to guardianships avoid possible pitfalls associated with the U.S. guardianship system. According to the Society of Financial Service Professionals, the research work by Kelly, Hershey, and Marsack-Topolewski constitutes a “landmark” contribution to the special needs planning field.
In their course titled “Implementing Guardianship Policies in Special Needs Planning: Five Possible Pitfalls,” the trio of EMU professors analyzed public and private guardianship programs, policies, and laws across all 50 states. These teachings are the product of the professors’ year-long study on the benefits, concerns, and anomalies inherent within U.S. guardianship systems.
In some circumstances, a court order for a guardianship may not be the best means of providing support and protection to an individual. With this in mind, Kelly, Hershey, and Marsack-Topolewski’s work emphasizes that all guardianship processes should pertain only to individuals with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities or severe cognitive impairments.
Their groundbreaking research emphasizes the importance of considering alternative resources and methods to help support individuals with personal and financial decision-making issues.
Kelly is a practicing attorney and assistant professor from the EMU College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) Department of Health Administration. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hershey is a former financial planner and professor in the EMU College of Business Department of Marketing. He can be reached at email@example.com. Marsack-Topolewski is a practicing clinical social worker and an assistant professor in the EMU CHHS School of Social Work. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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