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…

Last fall, attorneys Tresi Weeks and Chris Krupa Downs of The Weeks Law Firm, PLLC spent a few hours with a dynamic group of UNT Law Students filming a video for its Accessible Law platform discussing probate and special needs.

You have completed and executed your plan for your special needs child. Everyone you’ve selected to serve—your guardian, your trustee, your health care proxy, your executor, and possibly a trust protector as well—has signed the paperwork. All set? For now, yes. But it’s a good idea to review these selections on a regular basis, because…

Legislative Update: Special Needs Trust Fairness Act On December 7, 2016, by an overwhelmingly affirmative vote of 94 to 5, the Senate approved H.R. 34 a.k.a. the 21st Century Cares Act, a $6.3 billion package of health-related initiatives.  The Act was signed by President Obama on December 13, 2016.  This new law includes the Special…

Get ready to take notes!  The City of Plano Parks and Recreation Department is providing three great opportunities to hear Tresi speak this summer.  Learn more about planning for your family’s future with these courses: GUARDIANSHIPS & ALTERNATIVES, SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST & NEW ABLE ACT, and FAMILY LEGAL DOCUMENTS Thursday, June 9th from 6:30PM to…

The Best Buddies Friendship Walk 2016 is right around the corner! This year’s walk will be held Saturday, April 9th @ Frisco Commons Park. Best Buddies exists to support our friends and family members with intellectual or developmental disabilities, and is their biggest fundraiser each year. There are many great ways to led your support!…

Texas is now offering a program called “Community First Choice” to help families pay for home-based services for individuals with disabilities. The goal is to make it financially possible for more of these individuals to live among family, rather than moving to a nursing facility. We’d like to provide you with some introductory highlights to…

1. What is a Special Needs Trust? A Special Needs Trust (also called a Supplemental Needs Trust) is a way to provide financial security for your child with special needs and help ensure a better quality of life.  A Special Needs Trust enables a person with a physical or mental disability to have an unlimited…

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