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Considerations When Planning for Families with Special Needs

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 11:31

Guardianship Article PhotoRecent changes in the laws have added new complexities and considerations when planning for a person with a disability.  Although not all are changes to trust law, many of the programmatic changes impact how we handle special needs estate planning.  The most important of these changes include

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The Many Hats of a Special Needs Attorney

Friday, 07 December 2018 12:50

HatsAttorneys must wear many hats, especially when representing people with disabilities and their families.  Imagine a display of three hats on the conference room table: A black stovepipe hat, rimmed with a satin ribbon; the rumbled and worn, brown, slouchy, cloth Sorter Hat straight from Hogwarts in Harry Potter; and the most extravagant, eye-catching Kentucky Derby creation you’ve ever seen.

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Preserving Assets While Applying for Medicaid

Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:00

Couple2There is a misconception that one should plan on applying for Medicaid only after all the money has been spent on care.Most nursing facilities aren’t going to go out of their way to tell you all of the ways you can actively plan to preserve assets while applying for Medicaid.But there are a number of planning techniques to preserve assets for the family while ensuring that Medicaid will pay for nursing home care.There is another, related misconception that nothing can be done if you didn’t plan for more than five years prior to your need for long-term care.

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Ground-Breaking Settlement for Ohio Special Education Students!

Friday, 09 November 2018 09:03

gavelOn November 8, 2018, the news broke that disability advocates reached a settlement in the long-running Doe case against the State of Ohio.  While the settlement is still subject to court approval, it requires special efforts by the state for students with disabilities to improve test scores and rates of inclusion in 11 school districts.  It aims to improve academic outcomes and reduce segregation.

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