Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has scaled back its normal operations, and this means that eligibility reviews and other  standard procedures for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries are suspended.  In general, these changes should make life easier for beneficiaries during the course of the pandemic. On March 17, the SSA…

Trusts are important vehicles in special needs planning. They not only set aside funds to pay for the care of the person with special needs while maintaining eligibility for programs like Medicaid, but they provide ways to preserve these funds through the person’s lifetime. What happens, though, when the primary beneficiary of a special needs trust…

For the estate planning attorneys at Weeks Law Firm, the ongoing litigation over James Brown’s estate is a good example of why estate planning is so important. The case has been dragging on for 14 years, but it took a big step towards resolution when the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that the woman claiming…

Many probate lawyers have been called upon to deal with the estates of people who are claimed to have signed their wills while not in full possession of their faculties. We are also often asked to facilitate the drawing up of wills for people who are suffering from symptoms of dementia. Millions of people are…

If you are contemplating giving part of your estate to a charity, this decision can and should form part of your estate planning process. As a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy and a supporter of public charities, I understand that many of us have our favorite public charity and we want to find ways to support…

In addition to estate planning to decide what will happen after you have passed away, you also need to think carefully about how you are going to spend the later years of your life once you have retired. You may have a vision for your retirement, but does your spouse share that vision? Spouses often…

There are many unknowns in estate planning, but you can’t let the uncertainties get in the way of creating any kind of plan. Having an imperfect plan is usually better than having no plan at all. Estate planning unknowns When planning an estate you want to be able to consider all the angles, but there…

Parents of a child with special needs know that they must plan for the child’s care and support way into the future. This is especially so if the individual is unlikely ever to be able to earn an income. But what happens in cases of divorce? How does the issue of child support come into…

A New Jersey man has been charged with stealing $330,000 from the special needs trust (SNT) of a man living in a long-term care facility.  The case highlights the importance of having a professional trustee manage an SNT. According to a criminal complaint filed by the FBI, in December 2017 Burlington County resident Eugene Young persuaded the…

The COVID-19 pandemic poses enormous challenges to group homes for developmentally disabled people. These are neighborhood homes are much smaller than large long-term care facilities, but they still present risks to their special-needs populations and the staff members who support them. And people are dying. Across the United States, COVID-19 had claimed the lives of…

 

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