About Bryan Hales

Goodman Ray is an attorney with the law firm of Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., who has more than four decades of legal experience. He serves clients in the areas of workers’ compensation and Social Security disability benefits as well as significant personal injury cases. Smith is licensed to practice in all South Carolina state and federal courts as well as the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court.

Is Self-Employment Right for You?


This post was co-authored  by John Kitchen, Esq., and Janet L. Lowder, CELA.  John has law offices in Auburn and Laconia, New Hampshire. His practice areas include special needs trusts (SNTs), powers of attorney, wills and revocable trusts for individuals who have a family member or friend with disabilities. Janet’s firm is headquartered in Cleveland, with several other offices throughout the state. She focuses on estate planning for the elderly and for individuals with special needs and is recognized for her knowledge of Medicaid.

Is Self-Employment Right for You?2019-10-21T18:40:47+00:00

Special Needs Alliance Launches New, Enhanced Website


Streamlines Access for Families and Individuals with Special Needs to Connect with Attorneys and Showcases Extensive Special Needs Resources Tucson, AZ – August 29, 2019 – The Special Needs Alliance (SNA), a national organization comprised of attorneys in the practice of special needs, disability and elder law, today launched its new and enhanced website aimed [...]

Special Needs Alliance Launches New, Enhanced Website2019-08-29T14:57:01+00:00

Preserving SSI When Divorcing Parents Have a Child with Disabilities


The Voice is the email newsletter of The Special Needs Alliance. This installment was written by Special Needs Alliance member, Lee M. Holmes, of Holmes, Holmes and Neisent, PLLC in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The law firm’s practice focuses on planning for persons with disabilities, estate planning, Medicaid and elder law. Lee is a founding member and fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, a certified elder law attorney (CELA), is listed in Best Lawyers in America and has been designated an Oklahoma Super Lawyer.

Preserving SSI When Divorcing Parents Have a Child with Disabilities2019-10-29T13:30:55+00:00

Call to Action! Ask Federal Legislators to Co-Sponsor Bills Benefiting People with Disabilities


The Special Needs Alliance and other prominent advocacy groups have long supported two pieces of legislation that would greatly benefit individuals with disabilities. Now we're asking you to help sign up additional co-sponsors in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. The Special Needs Trust Fairness Act (H.R. 2123/S.1672) This bipartisan legislation was introduced in [...]

Call to Action! Ask Federal Legislators to Co-Sponsor Bills Benefiting People with Disabilities2019-10-29T13:34:25+00:00

Guardianship Should Be a Last Resort


This post was written by former Special Needs Alliance president Katherine N. Barr, Esq., a member of Sirote & Permutt’s Private Clients, Trusts and Estates Practice Group, Birmingham, Alabama.  Much of her practice involves special needs planning, through which she assists clients in providing for a family member in a way that does not jeopardize government benefits.  She is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and has been cited in The Best Lawyers in America©.

Guardianship Should Be a Last Resort2019-10-29T13:40:48+00:00

Full Funding of the IDEA Critical for Our Children


By Linda M. Gorczynski, Esq. It's critical that we get increased funding for special education services in order to meet the needs of students with disabilities and achieve compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Attempts have been made to make legislative changes for years, but it hasn't happened. We all need to [...]

Full Funding of the IDEA Critical for Our Children2019-10-29T13:44:37+00:00

Financial Abuse of Individuals with Disabilities


This installment of The Voice was written by Special Needs Alliance member Elizabeth L. Gray, CELA, a principal with the firm of McCandlish Lillard, with offices in Fairfax and Leesburg, Virginia. She has practiced special needs and elder law for over 20 years and has been listed in Best Lawyers of America annually since 2012. She also sits on the board of directors of Brain Injury Services.

Financial Abuse of Individuals with Disabilities2019-10-29T13:51:41+00:00