Recently, I had the opportunity to work with Martin Shenkman, CPA, MBA, PFS, JD. In addition to the titles listed above, Martin is a well known author of over 34 “How Best To” legal books. In 2006, Mr. Shenkman’s wife, Patti Klein, MD, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Since that time, Martin and Patti have been traveling throughout the country to provide free advice on special legal issues confronting those with multiple sclerosis and other chronic diseases.

According to Mr. Shenkman, although there are many professionals that have drafted documents for individuals with chronic illnesses, including Martin himself, most professionals have not had to live with such issues. As a result of Patti’s illness, Martin has learned that while the advice that we as professionals have provided for these types of circumstances may be sound, we can all do better.

Because traveling has become so difficult for Patti, the Shenkmans now travel from one seminar location to another by utilizing an RV. The Shenkmans were recently in Pittsburgh helping to educate attorneys, financial planners, accountants, and those that work with individuals who have chronic illness on ways to properly plan for life changes.

This is a very worthwhile cause and I would encourage you to log on to www.RV4TheCause.org to learn more. In addition to meeting Marty and Patti, the event was particularly beneficial to me because I have clients that serve the disability population and offer help those who live with chronic illness every day.

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