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Ten Steps in Planning for My Special Needs Child

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA Retain a Competent Special Needs Trust Attorney. The first step in planning for a special needs child is to retain a Special Needs Trust Attorney who is experienced in assisting families with special needs children.  Many Estate and Trust Attorneys draft Special Needs Trusts, but do not have…

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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…

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What Is An Able Account And How Can It Help Protect Your SSI Check? – Begley Report

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA 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 $16,000 per year from all sources and are capped at the maximum account…

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My Client Received A Personal Injury Settlement, He Is On Medicaid, Does He Need A Special Needs Trust? – Begley Report

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 individual’s Medicaid is means-tested,…

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