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.

Long Waiting Lists for Community Services Deny ADA Rights

By Jason Frank, CELA and Jenna L. Snyder Both the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Supreme Court's related Olmstead decision support an individual's right to receive long-term care [...]

January 12th, 2016|Comments Off on Long Waiting Lists for Community Services Deny ADA Rights

Trust Advisory Committees Can Guide Trustee Decisions

By B. Bailey Liipfert, III, CELA Acting as trustee for a special needs trust (SNT) is a demanding responsibility, and one person or bank trust department may not possess all [...]

January 6th, 2016|Comments Off on Trust Advisory Committees Can Guide Trustee Decisions

Pairing Advance Directives with Supported Decision-Making

By Michael A. Kirtland, CELA When a young person reaches the age of 18 (19 or 21 in certain states), they are legally considered an adult. For many it's an [...]

December 2nd, 2015|Comments Off on Pairing Advance Directives with Supported Decision-Making

Implementing the ABLE Act

By John Ariale, Esq., Guest Blogger One year ago, the chances for passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act seemed bleak. However, for those of us advocating [...]

November 6th, 2015|Comments Off on Implementing the ABLE Act

Ignoring Medicare Set-Asides Puts Coverage at Risk

By Pi-Yi G. Mayo, CELA & Bryn Poland, Esq. When a personal injury suit is being settled, one often overlooked step is the creation of a "Medicare Set-Aside (MSA)," money [...]

September 6th, 2015|Comments Off on Ignoring Medicare Set-Asides Puts Coverage at Risk

Making the Most of Summer Vacation

Who doesn't love summer vacation? But when a child has special needs, all that free time brings challenges. Youngsters who thrive on routine can find schedule changes disorienting. Some may [...]

May 26th, 2015|0 Comments

Attorneys Use Technology to Better Serve Clients

By Robert B. Fleming, CELA & Dennis S. Voorhees, CELA Technology is reshaping home and workplace--and law offices are no exception. Software, cloud computing and mobile devices have introduced convenience [...]

April 2nd, 2015|Comments Off on Attorneys Use Technology to Better Serve Clients

Understanding the Role of Representative Payee

By Neal A. Winston, CELA According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), over seven million individuals currently require assistance with their monthly SSI (Supplemental Security Income) or Social Security Retirement, [...]

February 13th, 2015|3 Comments

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