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Future Planning in Wisconsin: It’s Possible and Necessary
More than 500,000 people in Wisconsin identify as a family caregiver for a loved one. It can be a hard job—and thinking about your family member’s future after you are gone can be so daunting for parents of loved ones with disabilities that it can feel impossible to broach. The result? Families are delaying this conversation as long as possible and sometimes even until a crisis situation forces them to make decisions about it.

The Arc Wisconsin and The Arc’s national office have partnered to offer a free 2-part webinar series targeted at rural families with loved ones with disabilities in Wisconsin. The webinar series offer free resources from The Arc’s national office on evidence-based future planning resources and guidance, along with a Wisconsin special needs planning attorney to help these families with some initial steps and tools.

Register on Zoom for this important webinar series. Topics include:

Part 1: Tuesday, August 17 from 10:00 – 11:15 am CST
An overview on future planning including The Arc’s free resources.
Liz Mahar, a national expert in future planning (and a sibling caregiver herself) will present.

Part 2: Tuesday, August 24 from 10:00 – 11:15 am CST
Learn about long-term planning options for savings and inheritances, special considerations for rural families, and briefly cover farm succession as part of the plan. Meghan Teigen from Johnson Teigen law firm will present.
You can choose to attend one or more of the following webinars.

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Liz Mahar
Director of Family and Sibling Initiatives @The Arc
Liz Mahar is The Arc’s Director for Family and Sibling Initiatives. Previously, Liz spent five years as a consultant and Managing Supervisor for FleishmanHillard, managing stakeholder relations for government-funded public health campaigns. She also brings social policy expertise from five years of working on Capitol Hill. Liz earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Liz is the sibling of a younger sister with Down syndrome.
Meghan M. Teigen
Attorney @Johnson Teigen, LLC
Meghan M. Teigen is a partner with the law firm of Johnson Teigen, LLC, where she practices in the areas of estate planning, special needs planning, elder law, and probate and trust administration. Prior to joining private practice, Meghan was the Associate Executive Director and attorney trust advisor with Wispact, Inc, a Wisconsin non-profit organization that manages pooled and third-party special needs trusts. Prior to that, Meghan worked with the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, providing legal support and supervision to benefit specialists and consumers through Wisconsin’s Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs). Attorney Teigen is named among the Best Lawyers in America (R) for 2021 in the practice area of Elder Law. Meghan earned a Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, IL and Bachelor of Arts in journalism and history from University of Wisconsin-Madison.