In its first three weeks in office, President Biden’s administration reversed a range of high-profile Trump Administration regulations that affected people with disabilities — rules covering Medicaid, disability 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 benefits. In…

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…

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…

Weeks Law Firm Founder/Attorney Tresi Moore Weeks & Attorney Christene Krupa Downs recognized as Super Lawyers Texas 2020. This is a well deserved honor for their exceptional service in estate planning, special needs trust, guardianship & probate. Congratulations to Weeks Law Firm Super Lawyers!!  

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