856.235.8501

THE INTERPLAY BETWEEN SPECIAL NEEDS TRUSTS AND ABLE ACCOUNTS IN PERSONAL INJURY CASES

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA   Personal injury plaintiffs who suffer from disabilities and are required to establish Self-Settled Special Needs Trusts in order to maintain their public benefits should consider establishing an ABLE account at the same time. While most people consider the tax-free income of an ABLE account to be a…

Read More

WHAT IS AN ABLE ACCOUNT AND HOW CAN IT HELP PROTECT YOUR SSI CHECK?

  An ABLE account is a new device available to the disability community that allows a disabled individual to have a limited bank account without risking eligibility for their means-tested public benefits. ABLE accounts can receive $15,000 per year from all sources, and are capped at the maximum account size of a 529 College Savings…

Read More

THE IMPACT OF FUNDRAISERS ON BENEFICIARIES WITH DISABILITIES

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., CELA   Crisis and Kindness  In times of crisis, people often show just how caring humanity can be. Major humanitarian relief efforts respond to large-scale natural and unnatural disasters. Strangers donate time and money to individuals injured in tragic accidents. Often, the first instinct when you learn that someone is…

Read More

PERSONAL INJURY SETTLEMENTS AND SPECIAL NEEDS TRUSTS: SETTING CLIENT EXPECTATIONS

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA   If a client receiving a personal injury settlement also receives certain public benefits such as SSI and many forms of Medicaid, a Special Needs Trust is required to preserve those benefits.  Special Needs Trusts entail restrictions and a small minority of clients would rather give up their…

Read More