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THE IMPACT OF CROWD-FUNDING ON INDIVIDUALS RECEIVING PUBLIC BENEFITS

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA Crowd-Funding People often utilized an online device known as “crowd-funding” to raise money for certain purposes. Popular online websites include GoFundMe, Indiegogo, and Crowdrise. These websites allow users to fundraiser for individuals and personal causes. They are often very effective ways to raise money. On other occasions, crowd-funding…

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MY CLIENT RECEIVED A PERSONAL INJURY SETTLEMENT, HE IS ON MEDICAID, DOES HE NEED A SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST?

Pathways to Medicaid   by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA General An extremely important source of funding for medical needs for persons with disabilities is Medicaid. When a person is receiving Medicaid, the first question is whether a Special Needs Trust (SNT) is required. There are a number of pathways to Medicaid. If the…

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MEDICAID APPLICATIONS: WHY IT MAKES SENSE TO USE A LAWYER

By: Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA INTRODUCTION Medicaid applications are complex and extremely labor-intensive. They require an enormous amount of time to collect and verify all of the necessary data that must accompany the application. If an application is delayed for even one month because there is incomplete or incorrect information, the applicant has…

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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 2014.387 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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