SNA attorneys have ongoing involvement with a wide array of issues faced by individuals with disabilities, their families and the professionals who serve them. Below is a sampling of recent posts from member blogs. So What Exactly Is a 504 Plan? A 504 Plan provides accommodations and services—but not special instruction—to students with disabilities. Ranking [...]
Savings Accounts to Fund Care for Individuals with Disabilities With overwhelming support, Congress has passed the ABLE Act of 2014 (Achieving a Better Life Experience), providing a new opportunity for qualified individuals with special needs and disabilities to have tax-free savings accounts that will support their health and independence while preserving their means-tested government benefits. [...]
A little-publicized provision in the recently passed bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will help military veterans safeguard quality of life for children with disabilities after a parent’s death. Military retirees with a Survivor Benefit Plan pension may now assign such funds to a first party special needs trust (SNT) established on behalf of the [...]
By Robin L. Shaffert, Senior Executive Officer, and Liz Mahar, Program Manager Individual and Family Support,The Arc The Center for Future Planning is pleased to announce the launch of its website http://futureplanning.thearc.org. The website is the Center's first step in supporting and encouraging families and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to plan for [...]
The Voice is the email newsletter of The Special Needs Alliance. This installment was written by Special Needs Alliance member Craig C. Reaves of Reaves Law Firm, PC. in Kansas City, Missouri. Holding the CELA (Certified Elder Law Attorney) designation from the National Elder Law Foundation, he is a Past President and Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and a Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (ACTEC). He is listed in Best Lawyers in America and has been designated as a Missouri Super Lawyer. Mr. Reaves is an adjunct professor of elder law at the law schools of the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He practices law in Kansas and Missouri with major emphasis in the areas of estate planning, elder law, special needs trusts, and planning for persons who have a disability.