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Start Thinking About an Estate Plan

You know how you’ll never be inspired to work out, but if you actually put on your gym clothes and gym shoes, you are more likely to make your way to the gym? Try the same approach with your estate plan. Try making the following decisions and taking the following actions. Consider that to be equivalent to tying up your running shoes. It may inspire you to call an attorney the following week and to finally start drafting your estate planning documents!

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Ashley Barlow
Functional Goals in IEPs

If you ask parents of children with disabilities what they want for their children in the special education setting, you discover that, by and large, they want what parents of typically-abled children want. They want the best for their child. 

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Ashley Barlow
“Fair” is What You Pay to Get on the Bus

Fairness.  What in the world is fairness?  As a divorce attorney, I preach about avoiding the word “fair.”  Kentucky’s dissolution statutes reference equity rather than equality, and I’ve never heard an attorney reasonably argue about fairness.  It’s impossible to be “fair” in dividing parents’ time with their children and in dividing a marriage’s assets.  Equitable?  Sure.  Fair?  What do ya mean?  Fair to you is far different than fair to me.

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Ashley Barlow
Leaving My Mark

Having just celebrated the ten-year anniversary of my law school graduation, I had indeed been looking for the mark that my practice and my career would leave. Funny how life takes you down a bumpy, terrible, pot-hole-rich road, and that road intersects with brand-spanking-new blacktop. As I-40 lead me to a conference on special education law at the College of William & Mary Law School, I reflected on that darn gravel road and planned my trip down the newly paved one.

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Ashley Barlow
Happy Father's Day

Dad is an old school litigator, committed to zealous representation and identifying with clients’ positions. I am a “retired” teacher that sees the whole picture and couch clients’ views against what the other side might be thinking and feeling. When Dad wants to put a stamp on something, I scan it for him. When I want to look up a statute, Dad recites it from memory. 

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Ashley Barlow
Why Reason, Respect & Grace?

In my life as a Lawyer and Special Needs Advocate for my son, Jack, who has Down Syndrome— I attend to issues of human behavior that can be pretty frustrating which is why acting with Reason, Respect & Grace makes so much sense as a counter to what often can seem like an onslaught of bad feelings.

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Ashley Barlow