In stark contrast to previous COVID-19 relief bills, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021, contains numerous provisions specifically aimed at supporting people with disabilities, especially those living at home with their parents or in need of in-home services. Under the pandemic relief bill, people with incomes of…

How will COVID-19 relief stimulus payments affect your government benefits? Weeks Law Firm provides a simple guide. The federal government is issuing stimulus payments this week, to help with the recovery from the COVID pandemic.  If you receive SSI or SSDI, the check should be deposited in the same manner as your usual check. Does…

Congress sets the amount that an individual can transfer tax-free either during life or at death. The current estate tax exemption is so high that very few estates will have to pay an estate tax. In 2017, Republicans in Congress and President Trump doubled the federal estate tax exemption and indexed it for inflation. In…

What are the estate planning and home ownership options when two more generations live together? Increasingly, several generations of American families are living together. According to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census data, 64 million Americans, or 20 percent of the population, live in households containing two adult generations. These multi-generational living arrangements…

Long-term care involves not only a loss of personal autonomy; it also comes at a tremendous financial price. Proper estate planning can help your family prepare for the financial toll and protect assets for future generations. Long-term care can be very expensive, especially around-the-clock nursing home care. Most people end up paying for nursing home…

While a will is one of the most important estate planning documents you can have, there are things that it won’t cover. A will is just one part of a comprehensive estate plan. A will is a legally-binding statement directing who will receive your property at your death. It is also the way you appoint a…

How do cities stack up for people with disabilities seeking the best place to live? Which provide the most accessible sidewalks, transportation, entertainment, and parks? Which score high for low-cost housing, jobs, public hospitals, affordable home attendants, or a plentiful supply of doctors, therapists, and other services? WalletHub survey of disability-friendly cities To help answer…

At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Social Security Administration (SSA) closed all 1,200 of its field offices to in-person appointments, as well as suspended numerous other services.  One distressing result is that the number of new Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients hit its lowest level on record in January.  It’s the latest sign of the pandemic’s ongoing and…

In its first three weeks in office, President Biden’s administration reversed a range of high-profile Trump Administration regulations that affected disability rights – rules covering Medicaid, disability benefits and reviews, immigration and housing discrimination. Medicaid work rules Since 2018, the Trump Administration had been pushing states to enact work requirements for certain Medicaid recipients to maintain…

Retirement plans often make up a significant portion of the assets of parents of children with special needs, or of individuals who have become disabled as adults.  In such cases, the question arises as to whether the retirement plan can be put into a special needs trust. The answer, as with many legal questions, is…

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