Episode 036 How To Prepare For The Unexpected with Dawn McFadden and Christina Bushnell
Dawn is one of the founding partners of McFadden Bushnell. Dawn moved to Chagrin Falls when she was in High School. She attended law school at Case Western Reserve University and has spent a significant portion of her professional life in the Cleveland area. Dawn focuses on assisting clients and their families in planning for possible long-term care needs, including nursing home care. Locating the appropriate type of care, coordinating private and public resources to finance the cost of care, and working to ensure the client’s right to quality care are all part of their elder law practice. When not in the office, she can be found in Shaker Heights, Ohio with her husband André.
Christina is a founding partner of McFadden Bushnell. A longtime resident of the Cleveland area, Christina spent the first decade of her legal career as a paralegal before taking the plunge and going to law school. She concentrates her practice on elder law, special needs planning and estate planning, particularly assisting her clients plan for long-term care issues through the use of Medicaid crisis and pre-planning. Outside the office, Christina and her husband Mike can be found cheering on their sons Declan and Sean at hockey, basketball, or other various sports depending on the season.
In this episode we will be talking about something that is near and dear to my heart. As most of your know, I mentioned a couple episodes ago my mother had fallen ill and unfortunately passed away. The whole experience as many of you can imagine was very difficult for a number of reasons. But probably the most difficult was just how unprepared me and my family were, especially preparing all the legal stuff. For those of you that may have experienced a terminal illness of a loved one, you know that alone is painful but when you are completely unprepared for how everything is going to be handled during and after, it can be quite unbearable. Well my guests today are 2 of some of the kindest and heart-centered lawyers I know and they happen to be sisters to boot. They took what could have been a tremendously confusing, chaotic and frantic situation and made it as simply and easy as possible. And I have invited them here to today to talk to us about the conversations we need to start having with our loved ones and the planning that needs to be done now, both personally as well as for our business, so that if God forbid you find yourself in a similar situation as I was last year, you will at least have that peace of mind knowing that all the major decisions and planning have already been done so that you can focus on being there for your loved one.
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