Job Summary The Weeks Law Firm, PLLC is hiring an Associate Attorney to handle uncontested guardianship and probate cases, as well as estate planning. The Weeks Law Firm is a boutique firm in Plano, Texas, that focuses on estate and special needs planning, guardianship and probate.   Responsibilities and Duties The Associate Attorney will conduct…

A New York City couple has been charged with stealing more than $500,000 in monthly payments that a woman with disabilities was supposed to be receiving as part of a settlement stemming from a medical malpractice lawsuit. The alleged victim, a 43-year-old woman who is deaf, blind, and immobile, and has intellectual disabilities, had previously…

The Trump Administration has finalized new regulations that threaten the independence of judges who decide  Social Security disability cases. When people initially apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) approves or denies applications based on the submitted paperwork.  If an application is denied, the applicant can request a hearing before an administrative…

In the waning days of the Trump Administration, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has finalized regulations that end protections for people seeking to fly with emotional support animals on airlines.  Moreover, dogs will be the only species of service animal that will be officially allowed on flights. The finalized regulations, issued December 2, differ little from the DOT’s proposed regulations from…

One area that particularly vexes trustees of special needs trusts is how to get beneficiaries what they need without running afoul of the strict rules for public benefits like Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Monitoring how money is being spent, collecting receipts, and disbursing funds safely are time-consuming processes for trustees. And while some beneficiaries are…

Chris Krupa Downs has always had a “service first” attitude. With her commitment to serving her community and her personal motto to “be kind” it was no surprise that she would be serving the community during the pandemic. Weeks Law Firm is very proud of Chris and her contribution to the community. READ FULL ARTICLE…

A federal agency has called on the government to end a program that explicitly permits employers to pay hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities less than $1 an hour, calling the practice “rife with abuse and difficult to administer.” The federal minimum wage has stood at $7.25 since 2009, although many states have enacted their…

Social Security disability recipients will see an increase in benefit levels for 2021, although the rise will be the smallest in years due to the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. On October 13, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that Social Security benefit levels will increase by just 1.3 percent in 2021, compared with 1.6 percent in 2020 and 2.8 percent…

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued final regulations covering tax-free savings accounts that allow people with disabilities and their families to save and pay for disability-related expenses without jeopardizing eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and other government benefits. Passed by Congress in December 2014, the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act  allows families…

One of the most important decisions a special needs trust’s donor (the person who supplies the funds for the trust) makes is the choice of a trustee for the trust. A trustee typically manages the day-to-day operations of the trust, often making distributions to the trust’s beneficiary, investing the trust’s assets, and paying the trust’s…

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