With the Cape Cod Parent Resource Fair rapidly approaching we will be sharing blog posts on our participating sponsors, vendors and nonprofits. You will find out more about these amazing businesses and what they offer to our community. They will be sharing their services, advice, what challenges face our community as well as upcoming events they will be having. Make sure to check out our virtual program and resource guide ahead of the event so you can plan for what you want to see including our famous speaker panels. If you preregister for the speakers you will earn extra raffle tickets. You also earn them by attending any of our entertainment sessions! Just email us and you will receive tickets at the door! We hope to see you at the Resource Fair!
Attorney Monique M. Sadarangani
1. Tell us about your business/non profit and how it benefits local families?
I am an estate planning attorney that focuses on planning for young and non-traditional families with children. I work parents to ensure their children are properly safeguarded should a parent become incapacitated or pass, not only for passing of assets, but for care as well. I also work a great deal with families that have special needs children.
2. Where is it located?
My office on the Cape is located at 100 Independence Drive, Hyannis, MA 02601. I also have offices in Boston and Miami, Florida.
3. What is your favorite thing about our community?
I love how the Cape has wonderful outdoor activities available. Families are able to interact in a natural setting, allowing children to grow and develop with a deeper understanding of respect for the environment, animals, and nature.
4. How else do you get involved with the community?
I believe giving back to the community is important. I strive to give my time and legal experience through pro-bono opportunities for families and individuals who do not have the resources for legal services.
5. What do you think are the biggest challenges facing parents in our community?
I believe the education system is a challenge on the Cape, as well as in many communities. As parents, we want the very best education for our children. The public school system's focus on standardized testing, large class sizes, lack of sufficient funding, and non-individualized child attention by teachers and administrative staff lend many parents on the Cape to homeschool or look to private education options. For parents that do not have the liberty of these options, they are left to attempt to navigate and work with the system at hand.
6. What is your favorite memory or story over the years involving you and your business?
Over the years, I have been able to assist many families with their planning. My favorite memory is of a family I assisted with planning for their child with developmental disabilities, establishing a special needs trust. Due to this planning, the child is able to receive government assistance, while still maintaining the legacy left by her parents.
7. What advice would you give parents and caregivers in our community?
Make sure to take time to listen to the children. Sometimes we think we know better because we are older, but the wealth of knowledge in those little minds is astounding. We need to ensure we are encouraging the minds of the future.
8. Do you have any specials, events, or anything else taking place this upcoming year that our parents should know about?
I always give 15% off estate planning packages for Cape Cod Moms!
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