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.

Government Benefits for Vets with PTSD

By Kelly A. Thompson, Esq. While post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs throughout the U.S. population, military veterans are particularly at risk. Some studies estimate that up to 30 percent of [...]

November 27th, 2017|Comments Off on Government Benefits for Vets with PTSD

Crowdfunding Should Be Handled with Care

By Stephen W. Dale, Esq. Crowdfunding, with websites such as GoFundMe, has increasingly been used to raise money on behalf of individuals with disabilities. In such cases, family, friends and [...]

October 7th, 2017|Comments Off on Crowdfunding Should Be Handled with Care

Changing Attitudes Towards Guardianship

By Scott Suzuki, Esq. Laws have to apply to everyone and this rigid standard can cause problems when dealing with the issue of "legal capacity," because capacity can’t be measured [...]

September 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Changing Attitudes Towards Guardianship

Special Ed Needs Flexibility

By Krista S. Peyton, Esq., Guest Blogger Families find it difficult to navigate the special ed system. In my experience, there’s a tendency for school districts to push a one-size-fits-all [...]

September 19th, 2017|1 Comment

Avoiding SSI Reductions When An Adult With Disabilities Lives With Family

By Neal A. Winston, CELA When individuals with disabilities live with family members, it can complicate their eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Since SSI’s monthly cash payments are meant [...]

September 4th, 2017|Comments Off on Avoiding SSI Reductions When An Adult With Disabilities Lives With Family

Where Can Service Animals Go?

By Richard A. Courtney, CELA In addition to performing helpful tasks, service dogs offer unconditional love and opportunities for social interaction. Service animals can change lives. My daughter, Melanie, who’s [...]

August 21st, 2017|0 Comments

ABLE Accounts and SNTs: How to Choose?

The “ABLE” account is a relatively new planning tool that offers an individual with disabilities a tax-free savings option (similar to a 529 College Savings Plan) that does not interfere [...]

August 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on ABLE Accounts and SNTs: How to Choose?

Appealing Medicaid And SSI Decisions: Know Your Rights

By Ann N. Butenhof, CELA & Judith L. Bomster, Esq. Medicaid and SSI (Supplemental Security Income) are often essential to quality of life for individuals with disabilities. So it can [...]

June 22nd, 2017|Comments Off on Appealing Medicaid And SSI Decisions: Know Your Rights

Terminating a Special Needs Trust

By Charlene K. Quade, Esq. Individuals establish special needs trusts (SNTs) to protect assets intended to supplement means-tested government benefits for a sole beneficiary, and to preserve the individual’s eligibility [...]

April 14th, 2017|28 Comments

A Place Of Her Own (Part II)

The 2014 CMS Home and Community-Based Settings Rule By James McCarten, Esq. This is the second in a series of three articles exploring the challenges, options and effects of new [...]

January 4th, 2017|Comments Off on A Place Of Her Own (Part II)

Retirement Funds and SNTs

Watch Out for the Details By Andrew H. Hook, CELA Retirement accounts are often among a family’s largest assets, so you may have thought about leaving a portion to your [...]

January 4th, 2017|1 Comment

A Place Of Her Own

By James McCarten, Esq. First and foremost, I am Diane's husband and Kathryn's father. After that, I am an attorney and a "tax nerd," which is the title bestowed on [...]

November 10th, 2016|0 Comments

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