Legal and Financial Resources

Financial Planning

Patient Advocate Foundation 
Offers assistance to patients with specific issues they are facing with their insurer, employer and/or creditor regarding insurance, job retention and/or debt crisis matters relative to their diagnosis of life threatening or debilitating diseases. Professional case managers and attorneys specializing in mediation, negotiation, and arbitration to advocate on behalf of patients experiencing issues with access to care, job retention and debt crisis due to their illness. (PDF, requires Adobe Reader)

A Special Needs Plan offers financial planners who specialize in creating financial plans for families facing chronic illnesses.


Involuntary Commitment Process

Involuntary Commitment Process Resource Guide

NC Affidavit and Petition for Involuntary Commitment (PDF, requires Adobe Reader)

Petition for Adjudication of Incompetence and Application for Appointment of Guardian (PDF, requires Adobe Reader)


Legal Aid

NC Lawyer referral service

Legal Aid of North Carolina


Advanced Directives/DNR/MOST

American Bar Association’s Lawyer’s Tool Kit for Advanced Care Planning (PDF, requires Adobe Reader)

Help with decision making: Hard Choices for Loving People, by Hank Dunn, Chaplain

Caring Connections website covers living with illness, planning ahead and advanced directives

Power of Attorney/Guardianship info from the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services:

Advance Directives/Living Will forms (PDF file, requires Adobe Reader)

Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) & Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST) Forms