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WHAT IS A SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST?

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA A Third Party Special Needs Trust is generally established by parents or grandparents of a child with special needs to ensure that important public benefits can be accessed in the future or can be maintained if they are already available.  The trust also is designed to see that monies…

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How to Plan for Children With Disabilities?

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA The Problem The problem for a special needs child begins when parents are either deceased or physically unable to continue to provide the care that the child needs.  As long as parents are living, they will do everything necessary to see that their child lives happily and as productively…

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What is a Power of Attorney and Why Do I Need One?

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA A Power of Attorney is a legal document authorizing another person called an Agent to make financial decisions on your behalf.  It is an important tool for people to have in their toolkit.  A Power of Attorney involves planning ahead.  You cannot wait until you need one, because you have suffered…

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How Do I Sign Estate Planning Documents During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA Many clients are anxious to execute Wills, Living Wills and Powers of Attorney during the current COVID-19 pandemic.  Many law firms have, in fact, seen an upswing in their Estate Planning business.  Some clients have no documents.  Some clients merely want to update one or more documents.  The problem is in signing…

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