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PLANNING FOR SPOUSES WITH DISABILITIES IN A FAMILY LAW SETTING

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA In planning for spouses with disabilities in a Family Law setting careful analysis must be made of the spouse’s immediate needs and also what, if any, public benefits the spouse is receiving or may be entitled to receive in the near future.  Financial issues impacting the spouse would…

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FREQUENTLY OVERLOOKED PUBLIC BENEFITS FOR PERSONAL INJURY VICTIMS

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA and Emily Schurr             Frequently personal injury victims are seriously injured and completely unable to work, are seriously injured but are limited in the work they can perform or are simply personal injury victims who never could perform a high level of work.  There are a number of…

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COUNSELING SESSION WITH PERSONAL INJURY PLAINTIFFS

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA             In some personal injury cases the victim is receiving important means-tested Social Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, or other important means-tested public benefits.  These plaintiffs require a Self-Settled Special Needs Trust (SSSNT) in order to maintain their benefits.  In other situations, the plaintiff is a minor or incapacitated…

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RISKS AND BEST PRACTICES WHEN HIRING CAREGIVERS

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA and Marianne Johnston, Esquire             The employment of a caregiver for an elderly or disabled person is often handled on an informal “handshake” basis.  This arrangement is fraught with risk.  The article will discuss some of those risks and set forth some best practices to avoid them.  If…

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