Millennials and Estate Planning

2021-07-06T05:50:13-04:00

This post was authored by attorney Shannon Laymon-Pecoraro, CELA of Hook Law Center, P.C., Virginia Beach, VA. Shannon focuses her practice on elder law, special needs planning, estate and trust administration, estate planning, asset protection planning, financial planning, guardianships and conservatorships. She has been a SNA member since 2017.  The pandemic has changed every aspect [...]

Millennials and Estate Planning2021-07-06T05:50:13-04:00

Take Full Advantage of VA Benefits for Children with Disabilities

2021-07-01T12:24:37-04:00

The Veterans Administration offers several benefit programs for the families of former members of the uniformed service. These lesser known benefits could help your veterans’ children with disabilities. When Michael Kirtland, CELA, speaks with new clients in his practice, he always includes two key questions: Are you a military veteran? And if so, were you [...]

Take Full Advantage of VA Benefits for Children with Disabilities2021-07-01T12:24:37-04:00

Voices of Experience on Choosing a Group Home

2021-07-01T12:28:18-04:00

Loud & Clear: Family Conversations tackles the day-to-day and long-range issues that affect the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families. This post offers guidance from an SNA attorney and a social worker, both special needs parents, who have searched for group homes for their adult children. Readers are welcome to comment on the discussion, though we cannot answer legal questions here. For answers to specific legal questions, please find an attorney in Directory.

Voices of Experience on Choosing a Group Home2021-07-01T12:28:18-04:00

Managing Virtual Learning for Students with Special Needs

2021-07-01T12:30:05-04:00

If the pandemic has been difficult for student learning, the situation has only been more difficult for students with special needs. From a disruption in teaching styles and formats, to newfound challenges learning in a virtual or hybrid environment, to increased isolation, students with special needs require more attention and consideration as they navigate virtual learning.

Managing Virtual Learning for Students with Special Needs2021-07-01T12:30:05-04:00

The Pandemic Is Tough on Caregivers

2021-03-09T10:19:08-05:00

This post was authored by Margaret A. Graham, Esq., of Pregenzer, Baysinger, Wideman & Sale, PC,  Albuquerque, New Mexico.  She focuses her practice on special needs and elder law, and is caregiver to a child with special needs. Caregiving is hard work, even in normal times. During the pandemic, stress levels can soar.  With kids doing schoolwork [...]

The Pandemic Is Tough on Caregivers2021-03-09T10:19:08-05:00

How to plan for retirement when you have a child with special needs

2021-03-09T10:19:16-05:00

This post focuses on the importance of proactive retirement planning for those with a special needs dependent. Planning for retirement can be one of the most rewarding life changes parents go through. Thinking about leisure time, vacations, and a more relaxed pace of life brings feelings of excitement and anticipation. For parents with a special [...]

How to plan for retirement when you have a child with special needs2021-03-09T10:19:16-05:00

Nursing Home Visit Policies in Flux

2021-01-19T09:36:13-05:00

This post was authored by Mary Alice Jackson, Esq., of Boyer & Boyer, Sarasota, Florida. She is a Special Needs Alliance (SNA) board member and focuses her practice on special needs planning, elder law and estate planning. She is Board Certified in Elder Law by the Florida Bar.

Nursing Home Visit Policies in Flux2021-01-19T09:36:13-05:00

Be Alert to Covid-19 Scams

2021-01-19T09:36:18-05:00

Rebecca S. Kueny, Kueny Law LLC, Salem, Oregon, focuses her practice on elder law, special needs planning and trust administration. She is committed to helping individuals with special needs live as independently as possible.

Be Alert to Covid-19 Scams2021-01-19T09:36:18-05:00

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Is June 15th

2021-01-11T11:26:50-05:00

This post was written by Emma Hemness, CELA, founding owner of Hemness Faller Elder Law, located in the Tampa Bay area in Brandon, Florida. She limits her law practice to elder law, estate planning and special needs planning, providing guidance to families with loved ones who are elderly and persons with disabilities.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Is June 15th2021-01-11T11:26:50-05:00

Understanding the Stimulus Check Program

2021-01-19T09:36:09-05:00

This post was co-authored by Tara Anne Pleat, Esq., and Edward V. Wilcenski, Esq., of Wilcenski Pleat Law, with offices in Clifton Park and Queensbury, New York. Tara’s practice includes special needs planning and administration, traditional estate planning and elder law. Ed, who is a past president of the Special Needs Alliance, focuses on special needs planning, elder law, and estate planning.

Understanding the Stimulus Check Program2021-01-19T09:36:09-05:00

Roundup: Special Ed and Coronavirus/ Coping with Early Dementia/Standalone Special Needs Trusts

2021-06-21T05:49:17-04:00

SNA attorneys have ongoing involvement with the wide-ranging issues faced by individuals with disabilities, their families and the professionals who serve them. Here is a sampling from member blogs and newsletters… Defining a Student’s Legal Rights to Special Ed During COVID-19 With coronavirus isolating families at home, how will special ed students receive the services so important [...]

Roundup: Special Ed and Coronavirus/ Coping with Early Dementia/Standalone Special Needs Trusts2021-06-21T05:49:17-04:00

Mental Illness Is the Most Common Disability

2021-01-11T11:26:06-05:00

This post was authored by Elena Lidrbauch, CELA, of Hickman & Lowder Co. LPA, Cleveland, Ohio. Her practice focuses on issues affecting persons with disabilities and older individuals, including special needs planning, guardianship and estate planning. In addition to her law degree, she has an M.Ed in rehabilitation counseling. Prior to practicing law, she spent [...]

Mental Illness Is the Most Common Disability2021-01-11T11:26:06-05:00

Nursing Home Visitation Guidelines Cause Concern

2021-01-19T09:36:00-05:00

This post was authored by Kim Dayton, Esq., Professor Emerita at the William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota. Her areas of interest include disability rights, parenting an adult child on the autism spectrum, and end-of-life decision-making. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), a federal agency with [...]

Nursing Home Visitation Guidelines Cause Concern2021-01-19T09:36:00-05:00

Isolation Tips for Families with Special Needs

2021-01-19T09:35:36-05:00

This post was authored by Bryn Poland, Esq., of Mayo & Poland, PLLC, Baytown, Texas. She focuses her practice on special needs trust planning and administration, qualified settlement funds, and estate planning. She is a member of the Special Needs Alliance. Schools and day programs are suspended. Non-essential businesses are told to operate remotely. Families [...]

Isolation Tips for Families with Special Needs2021-01-19T09:35:36-05:00

Taxes Can Get Complicated for Families with Special Needs

2021-01-22T15:57:45-05:00

This post was authored by Robert F. Brogan, CELA, president of the Brogan Law Group, with offices in Brick and Manchester, New Jersey. He focuses on special needs planning, elder law and asset protection. He is a member of the SNA Board of Directors. It’s time to think about taxes, which can be complicated for families [...]

Taxes Can Get Complicated for Families with Special Needs2021-01-22T15:57:45-05:00

Self-Advocate’s Golden Gate Adventure

2021-01-11T11:25:18-05:00

Angela at the Golden Gate Bridge, which has long fascinated her. Late last year, we wrote about Angela Campbell’s approaching dream-come-true trip to see the Golden Gate Bridge. The award-winning self-advocate from Madison, Wisconsin, mentioned her longing to visit the iconic landmark during her acceptance speech at an event hosted by The Arc-Dane [...]

Self-Advocate’s Golden Gate Adventure2021-01-11T11:25:18-05:00

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