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.

Crossing State Lines

Special Needs Planning for Moving to a New State By Wendy H. Sheinberg, CELA No one enjoys moving; it's hard work and involves lots of detail (not to mention all [...]

February 11th, 2015|Comments Off on Crossing State Lines

New Savings Accounts May Fund Care for Individuals with Disabilities

By Morris Klein, CELA In December, amidst much euphoria, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the ABLE Act of 2014 (Achieving a Better Life Experience). ABLE empowers states [...]

February 10th, 2015|Comments Off on New Savings Accounts May Fund Care for Individuals with Disabilities

New Congress: Opportunities for New Champions

By Annie Acosta, Director of Fiscal and Family Support Policy, The Arc The midterm elections are over and many wonder how they will impact the disability community in the 114th [...]

January 8th, 2015|Comments Off on New Congress: Opportunities for New Champions

Congress Passes ABLE Act

Savings Accounts to Fund Care for Individuals with Disabilities With overwhelming support, Congress has passed the ABLE Act of 2014 (Achieving a Better Life Experience), providing a new opportunity for [...]

December 22nd, 2014|0 Comments

Congress Helps Vets Safeguard Security of Kids with Disabilities

A little-publicized provision in the recently passed bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will help military veterans safeguard quality of life for children with disabilities after a parent’s death. Military [...]

December 15th, 2014|Comments Off on Congress Helps Vets Safeguard Security of Kids with Disabilities

Government Benefits as a Foundation for Special Needs Planning

By Barbara Isenhour, Esq. Navigating the acronym-ridden maze of government benefits is tough and misconceptions abound. Families may be unaware of the full range of options available to individuals with [...]

November 13th, 2014|Comments Off on Government Benefits as a Foundation for Special Needs Planning

Through a Parent’s Lens

When a Child Has Special Needs By Mary Schmitt T. Smith, Esq. As a special needs attorney and a Mom of two adult sons with disabilities, I bring an added [...]

October 8th, 2014|0 Comments

SSDI Is Often a Lifeline

By Rebecca L. Berg, CELA Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal program offering monthly cash payments and eventual Medicare coverage to individuals with long-term disabilities that prevent them [...]

September 2nd, 2014|Comments Off on SSDI Is Often a Lifeline

When People with Disabilities Divorce

By Barbara Hughes, Esq., and Edward V. Wilcenski, Esq. Studies indicate that divorce rates increase with the onset of a disability. While any divorce is likely to be disruptive, when [...]

August 5th, 2014|2 Comments

Getting Creative: Models for Filling the Housing Gap

By Mary O’Byrne, Esq., and Stephen W. Dale, Esq. Previous installments of this three-part series have examined the scope and causes of the housing crisis faced by people with disabilities, [...]

July 22nd, 2014|Comments Off on Getting Creative: Models for Filling the Housing Gap

When Parents Can’t Pay

On Paper, Filial Support Laws Hold Adult Children Accountable By Jason Frank, CELA, CAP, Fellow of NAELA It's no secret that long-term care is in crisis. Today, many nursing home [...]

July 17th, 2014|Comments Off on When Parents Can’t Pay

Trustees Should Use Professional Administration for MSAs Inside SNTs

By Douglas Shaw, COO, Medivest and Tom Matson, National Account Manager, Medivest An injury settlement of any variety can present a host of complex issues that the settling parties must take [...]

June 19th, 2014|Comments Off on Trustees Should Use Professional Administration for MSAs Inside SNTs

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