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USING SELF-SETTLED SPECIAL NEEDS TRUSTS TO PROTECT PUBLIC BENEFITS – Begley Report

Many public benefits available to persons with disabilities, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid, place limits on income and certain types of assets.  Exceeding such limits can lead individuals to lose some or all of their benefits.  Individuals receiving SSI are limited to $2,000 of assets.  For many individuals, their Medicaid is linked…

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10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ABLE ACCOUNTS

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA   On December 16, 2014, Congress enacted and sent to the President for signature an Act known as Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014.[1]  This Act is to provide a tax-favored account, similar to a 529 Plan, for individuals with disabilities to pay for qualified…

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ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF ABLE ACCOUNTS

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA Congress enacted and the President has signed legislation known as the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014.[1]  The Act is modeled on 529 Plans and will provide tax-favored accounts for individuals with disabilities to pay for qualified expenses.  Before these accounts can be implemented, two…

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RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS AND SPECIAL NEEDS TRUSTS

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA             Under the terms of the SECURE Act, which became law in December of 2019, individuals inheriting retirement accounts generally must withdraw the funds from those accounts within 10 years of the death of the plan participant. Under the former law, the beneficiaries of a retirement account could withdraw…

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