Loud & Clear: Family Conversations2021-07-21T13:47:04-04:00

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.

Preparing for Dementia

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 [...]

October 22nd, 2018|1 Comment

Considerations Selecting a Family Trustee

By Tara Anne Pleat, Esq. It is not uncommon for parents who are creating a supplemental needs trust (SNT) for a loved one with disabilities to assume that naming one [...]

September 12th, 2018|Comments Off on Considerations Selecting a Family Trustee

How to Handle SSI Overpayments

By Neal A. Winston, CELA Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a monthly cash payment to qualifying individuals with disabilities, based on financial need. While it often forms the foundation of [...]

August 6th, 2018|Comments Off on How to Handle SSI Overpayments

When Should a Special Needs Trust Be Updated?

By Daniel Surprenant, CELA Special needs trusts (SNTs) are financial instruments designed to enhance quality of life for individuals with disabilities by supplementing the government benefits available to them. Assets [...]

July 24th, 2018|5 Comments

SNA and ANRC Partner on ABLE Education

The Special Needs Alliance (SNA) and ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) have agreed to collaborate on efforts to educate individuals with disabilities, their families and other stakeholders on how ABLE [...]

June 26th, 2018|Comments Off on SNA and ANRC Partner on ABLE Education

More Monitoring of Representative Payees

By Kelly A. Thompson, Esq. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has appointed millions of representative payees to manage Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for individuals [...]

June 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

Planning for Mental Illness Flare-Ups

By Shawn Majette, Esq. Special needs planning for a loved one with mental illness is complicated. Symptoms tend to wax and wane. This makes it difficult to balance protection and [...]

May 14th, 2018|Comments Off on Planning for Mental Illness Flare-Ups

Staying Independent

Older Adults with Developmental Disabilities Want to Age in Place Pamela Merkle is executive director of the St. Louis-based, nonprofit Association on Aging with Developmental Disabilities (AADD). “Individuals with developmental [...]

April 3rd, 2018|1 Comment

The Impact of Tax Reform on Special Needs Planning

By James McCarten, Esq. As a 2017 holiday present to taxpayers, Congress passed tax legislation that your representatives, senators and many tax professionals have described as the most significant overhaul [...]

March 26th, 2018|Comments Off on The Impact of Tax Reform on Special Needs Planning

Connecting Through Sports

By Scott Suzuki, Esq. Scott Suzuki (in white shirt) has been a Special Olympics basketball coach for over 15 years. The recent Winter Olympics reminded us that competitive athletics can [...]

March 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Should You Transfer 529 College Savings to an ABLE Account?

By Robert B. Fleming, CELA ABLE accounts are relatively new savings options open to certain individuals with disabilities. As long as the funds are used “to improve the beneficiary’s health, [...]

January 8th, 2018|Comments Off on Should You Transfer 529 College Savings to an ABLE Account?

Citizenship Status and Special Needs

By Barbara Isenhour, Esq. Citizenship issues can significantly complicate the often bewildering process of qualifying for special needs benefits. Each federal program has its own stringent citizenship regulations. In addition, [...]

December 10th, 2017|Comments Off on Citizenship Status and Special Needs

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