18
Nov

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Financial Needs

Should Your Special Needs Child Have a Savings Account?

Many parents ask if their special needs child should have a Section 529 plan or some other type of college savings plan.  Other parents have already opened a college plan for their child.  Since Social Security has recently clarified their position regarding 529 plans, I thought this would be an appropriate time to address this […]

22
Oct

0
Government Systems

COMMON QUESTIONS REGARDING 17-A GUARDIANSHIP

As someone who assists parents with 17-A guardianship petitions, I receive many questions regarding various aspects of guardianship.  Below are some of the more common questions along with answers as I understand them to be correct.  However, I am not an attorney.  The information provided is merely intended to guide you and is not designed […]

19
Sep

0
Professionals

BACK TO SCHOOL CHECKLIST

Summer’s over and it’s time to review where you are and determine what needs to be done to properly plan for your special needs child’s future. Here is a quick checklist to get you started.  Have you addressed the issue of guardianship? If your child is 18 or older, you no longer have the legal […]

28
Aug

0
Transition Planning

ATTORNEY CHECKLIST

In preparation for your meeting with your attorney, you may want to consider the following: _____Is your attorney well-versed in the area of special needs?  How many special needs trusts did he or she design during the previous year? _____If you plan to divide your estate equally between your children, is that really equitable? _____How […]

06
Feb

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Learning Apple

Is The Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

What will the next 40 years bring us?  The next 80 years?  Our tendency is to take a snapshot of our current situation and project that into the future, but if we think about it, that’s not how it really works. For instance, when my brother, Scott was born in 1961, his life expectancy was […]

31
Jan

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Housing In The New World

What are your plans for your special needs child once he or she leaves the public school system at age 21? Were you thinking of getting a placement for your child in a group home? If so, you may want to reevaluate your options. New York State does not anticipate building more group homes for […]

22
Jan

0
Resources

When Your Child Ages Out

When your child ages out of the public school system at age 21, your child will enter the world of adult services. Examples of these services are group homes, independent living with support, rehabilitation day programs, residential habilitation programs, respite and a variety of other services. It is therefore imperative that you understand the difference […]

10
Jan

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Families

GUARDIANSHIP: WHY, WHEN AND HOW?

  Did you know that once your child attains age 18, you no longer have the legal right to make medical and dental decisions for him or her?  The state of New York assumes that your child has the capability to make those decisions for himself, no matter how cognitively impaired your child may be. […]