Loud & Clear: Family Conversations

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Loud & Clear: Family Conversations is written by our member attorneys and guests for individuals with disabilities and their families. We tackle the day-to-day and long-range issues that affect the quality of life. Readers are welcome to comment on the discussion, though we can not answer legal questions here. For answers to specific legal questions, please find an attorney in our Directory.

Understanding the Stimulus Check Program

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.

April 27th, 2020|0 Comments

What Parents Need to Know about Special Education Rights

This post was authored  by Marion M. Walsh, Esq., a partner with Littman Krooks LLP, which has offices in White Plains and New York City. She has worked in education law for  over 20 years and leads the special education department at Littman Krooks. She is certified by the New York State Education Department  as an impartial hearing officer for children with disabilities.. 

October 29th, 2019|0 Comments

Managing Retroactive SSI Benefits

This post was written by Richard D. Chatwin, CELA. He is a partner with the firm of Gerrard Cox Larsen, with offices in Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada. He focuses on special needs planning, elder law and probate.

October 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on Managing Retroactive SSI Benefits

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.

September 26th, 2019|Comments Off on Is Self-Employment Right for You?

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©.

June 17th, 2019|0 Comments
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