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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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Do You Have a Living Will, Do Your Parents, Do Your Adult Children?

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA What is a Living Will and why has the need become so urgent?  A Living Will is a legal/medical document also known as an Advance Health Care Directive.  It allows an individual to clearly and formally communicate his or her end-of-life wishes to loved ones and to care providers.  The individual…

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PLANNING FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN AFTER WE ARE GONE – Begley Report

By:  Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA Planning for children with special needs is extremely important, and often completely overlooked or done haphazardly.  The problem is many of our children with disabilities will be unable to take care of themselves after we are gone.  As long as we are living, we will do everything necessary to see that…

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INCOME TAXATION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS CLAIMS

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA Questions frequently arise with respect to the taxation of emotional distress claims.  As a general rule, damages for emotional distress are subject to income tax.  However, a careful analysis can result in the elimination of this tax.   Emotional Distress             Emotional distress has been defined as a highly unpleasant emotional reaction…

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