Multiple Sclerosis and Your Legal Rights

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    Although in some of its provisions the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) uses Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) definitions, FMLA’s “serious health condition” and ADA’s “disability” are different concepts and are related to different legal goals. Because a person with multiple sclerosis (MS) who works may be protected under both laws at the same time, it is important carefully to analyze how to make the best use of the protections and benefits that each provides. Whether an employee...Read More
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    Taxes seem to be involved in almost every aspect of our lives. Therefore, it is not surprising that the person with multiple sclerosis (MS) will want to think carefully about the tax consequences of the changes that may occur in his financial situation. If it becomes necessary for you to buy equipment or to make changes to your house or apartment to cope with your condition, you may be able to deduct their costs. This could be true of such things as crutches, a wheelchair, or a mobility scooter,...Read More
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    The issues of debtor/creditor rights loom large if you have lost your job and income, are faced with rising medical costs, have been deserted by a spouse and left with minor children, or are receiving collection letters and dunning calls. Our purpose is not to suggest that anyone should avoid paying lawful debts. Despite the advice of some popular financial advisers, you should avoid burdensome debt and try to live within your means. But disasters such as disabling illness do strike and may cancel...Read More

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Lanny Perkins

Lanny Perkins is a Dallas-based attorney whose practice includes working with a number of people who have multiple sclerosis and face the issues discussed in this book.

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