The Right Fit: 504 Plan or an Individualized Education Program (IEP)

Transitioning into a new school year can be exhausting; watching your child run out of his/her flip flops and walking into their school shoes. As parents, you understand the importance of having perfectly fitted shoes when strolling into the school year. It is equally important to have an academic plan tailored to your child’s needs. […]

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Should I Divorce My Terminally Ill Spouse?

While catching up on recent news, I came across this advice column about a man’s decision to divorce his terminally ill wife.  It made me very sad for the couple.  It also reminded me that many people might believe this is their only resort when a spouse is facing devastating illness that requires long-term care. […]

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Lessons from Making Bread

Solving problems for our clients is stressful work for all involved.  It is stressful for our elderly who need care.  It is stressful for their spouses.  It is stressful for adult children caring for their parents.  It is stressful for parents taking care of their loved ones with special needs.  Often, the system seems too […]

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Care Advocacy Services: A Case Study

Donald and Shirley engaged Hickman & Lowder to draft their estate plan with special needs considerations in the early 1990s.  At that time, their daughter, Angela, who has a developmental disability, was living with them and receiving minimal benefits from the government.  Donald and Shirley put a trust in place to provide for Angela after […]

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Oregon Class Action Lawsuit Defends Right to Full Day of School for Children with Disabilities

Special Ed Q&A: Transportation

Question:  What is the school’s obligation to transport my child if we take the Jon Peterson or Autism scholarships? Answer:  There’s no obligation on the part of the public school district to provide transportation just because your child has a disability.  But, you can use the scholarship funds to pay for private transportation if the […]

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Going through a Divorce? Have a Child with Special Needs? Watch Out!

Determining whether or not you or a loved one is entitled to Social Security Income (SSI) can be tricky. SSI is a needs-based program that looks at income and assets to determine eligibility. In fact, income reduces or eliminates SSI payments. One way to ensure our clients keep their SSI is by using an assignment […]

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Another State Taxing a Trust

When it comes to the everyday life of an individual who has a developmental disability, life can present unexpected obstacles not only for the individual, but for family and friends, as well.  The challenges are made easier through well-planned trusts which protect important government benefits, such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and ensure […]

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