Mario J. Zappia, Attorney at Law
Attorney Mario J. Zappia has been a lifelong resident of Indiana and has been practicing law in the South Bend, Indiana area for over 27 years.
Jessica Ribaudo, Paralegal
Jessica has worked with Mario for two years.
- Child support
- Parenting Time
- Property division
- Temporary Spousal Maintenance
- Rehabilitative Maintenance
- Adult – When an adult becomes incompetent and their treating physician has indicated they are not able to take care of themselves physically and/or financially a guardian needs to be appointed.
- Minor – A minor needs a guardianship when both parents have died or neither natural parent is capable of taking care of their child(ren). Unlike adoption, which grants permanent rights, a guardianship will terminate when the child turns 18 years old. When a guardianship is needed for your family, I can guide you through the process.
In a time where one out of every 68 children is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), it is very likely that you or someone you care about is facing a challenge stemming from Autism. Whether you are an adult with an ASD and need legal guidance on financial self advocacy for your future, or you are the parent of a child with an ASD going through a divorce, Mario can help guide you through your options.
Having a child with an ASD can make the sometimes already difficult process of divorce even more complex. Differing opinions on education, therapy, parenting time, and medical treatments can put parents at odds. Mario will work with you to help design specific parenting plans that will legally spell out all the details, so you can co-parent amicably.
Legally, once a person reaches the age of 18, they are exclusively responsible for their healthcare and financial decisions and responsibilities. ASDs can complicate things, as many times there has been extensive medical and financial decision making done by the parents. A Guardianship can help. A Guardianship legalizes the parent or caretaker as a person with whom all contracts and medical decisions are made.
Power of Attorney-
A high functioning adult with an ASD may be quite capable of living an independent life in most aspects. High functioning adults may choose to consent to a Power of Attorney as a way to integrate their parent into their decision making process with respect to finances and healthcare, while still maintaining a high level of independence.
During the course of an attorney/client relationship, there may be certain terminology within correspondence or documents that you don’t recognize. The glossary below contains some of the most common terms you may encounter during the course of your legal proceedings. If you receive documents from our office and still have questions about legal terms within, please contact our office.
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