THE VOICE

Finding a Balance of Autonomy, Support, and Assistance: Using Supported Decision-Making Agreements and Powers of Attorney

2019-12-19T20:42:55+00:00

This edition of the Voice was written by Mark T. Johnson, CELA. Mark is a partner at Johnson Teigen, LLC in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. The law firm serves clients of all ages and circumstances with wills, trusts, powers of attorney, special needs planning and trusts, long-term care planning (including Medicaid), and guardianships. He is the 2019-2020 president of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Finding a Balance of Autonomy, Support, and Assistance: Using Supported Decision-Making Agreements and Powers of Attorney2019-12-19T20:42:55+00:00

How long do you have to work for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits if you are 30 and younger?

2019-12-16T17:49:20+00:00

This installment of the Voice was written by Martha C. Brown, a Special Needs Alliance Member who has been practicing in the field of elder law and special needs for over 30 years and is a Certified Elder Law Attorney as certified by the National Elder Law Foundation. Her firm, Martha C. Brown & Associates, LLC, concentrates on the unique legal needs of the elderly, people with disabilities and the families who care for them.

How long do you have to work for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits if you are 30 and younger?2019-12-16T17:49:20+00:00

Should a Special Needs Trust Pay for Medical Marijuana?

2019-10-01T16:22:16+00:00

The Voice is the e-mail newsletter of The Special Needs Alliance. This installment was written by Special Needs Alliance member Kyle Ashley Moore, who practices with the law firm of Weems, Schimpf, Haines, Shemwell & Moore, in Shreveport, Louisiana. He focuses on special needs planning, elder law and estate planning.

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Should a Special Needs Trust Pay for Medical Marijuana?2019-10-01T16:22:16+00:00

Is Self-Employment Right for You?

2019-10-21T18:40:47+00:00

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

Preserving SSI When Divorcing Parents Have a Child with Disabilities

2019-10-29T13:30:55+00:00

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

How In-Kind Support and Maintenance (ISM) Affects Benefits

2019-10-29T14:03:54+00:00

By Martha C. Brown, CELA Special needs trusts (SNTs) are established to supplement the benefits that individuals with disabilities receive from government programs, such as Medicaid and SSI (Supplemental Security Income). They protect funds intended to enhance quality of life without rendering the beneficiary ineligible for means-tested benefits. Since SSI is meant to cover food [...]

How In-Kind Support and Maintenance (ISM) Affects Benefits2019-10-29T14:03:54+00:00

Sometimes Less is More – Alternatives to Plenary Guardianship

2019-10-30T15:10:48+00:00

The Voice is the e-mail newsletter of The Special Needs Alliance. This installment was written by Special Needs Alliance member Timothy J. Rigby, who practices with Hart, Southworth & Witsman in Springfield, Illinois. The firm’s focus is estate planning and transactional matters, and Tim concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning and special needs planning.

Sometimes Less is More – Alternatives to Plenary Guardianship2019-10-30T15:10:48+00:00

Preparing for Dementia

2019-10-30T15:16:43+00:00

By Sally L. Schoffstall, CELA Dementia is on the rise with the aging of baby boomers. Nearly six million individuals in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s, while others deal with cognitive decline related to Parkinson’s disease, stroke, Downs Syndrome or other medical conditions. The changes are often wrenching, as parents become vulnerable and adult children grieve [...]

Preparing for Dementia2019-10-30T15:16:43+00:00

Recommended Books for the Special Needs Community, Second Installment

2019-10-30T15:22:12+00:00

The Voice is the e-mail newsletter of The Special Needs Alliance. This installment was written by Special Needs Alliance member Laurie Hanson, a shareholder in the Minneapolis, Minnesota elder law firm of Long, Reher, Hanson, & Price, P.A. The firm’s focus is to provide individuals who are aging or living with disabilities positive strategies to live as independently as possible for as long as possible. Laurie concentrates her practice exclusively in the areas of government benefit eligibility, special needs trusts, trust and public benefit litigation, estate planning and planning for incapacity. She is a past president of the Elder Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association, a member of the SNA board of directors, and is repeatedly named a super lawyer in the field of elder law by her peers.

Recommended Books for the Special Needs Community, Second Installment2019-10-30T15:22:12+00:00

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