Author: American Bar Association
Publication Date: 2016

Created by the American Bar Associations Commission on Law and Aging, Commission on Disability Rights, Second on Civil Rights and Social Justice, and Section on Rea Property, Trust and Estate Law, with assistance from the National Resource Center forSupported Decision-Making, this new tool aims to help lawyers identify and implement decision-making options for persons with disabilities that are less restrictive than guardianship. “PRACTICAL” is an acronym for nin steps for lawyers to identify these options. Lawyers can use the checklist of steps during a client interview and immediately after to assist in the case analysis process. The tool is designed to be applicable to lawyers serving in different roles that may use each of the steps differently. Visit the American Bar Associations website to download the PRACTICAL Tool and resource guide.