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New Study Reveals Medical Dangers of Isolation

[Originally published in the NAELA eBulletin] Those who are socially isolated are over 40% more likely to have a cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack or stroke, than those who were socially integrated, new research has shown.  The German study, presented May 23, 2020 at the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) Virtual Congress, found…

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WHAT IS A SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST?

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA A Third Party Special Needs Trust is generally established by parents or grandparents of a child with special needs to ensure that important public benefits can be accessed in the future or can be maintained if they are already available.  The trust also is designed to see that monies…

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SPECIAL NEEDS PLANNING: MORE THAN DOCUMENT DRAFTING

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA             Planning for families with special needs members involves a lot more than simply drafting a Special Needs Trust (SNT).  Individuals with special needs, often children, grandchildren or other family members, require a considerable amount of care.  The challenge really begins once the parents are gone.  At that point, who is going…

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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…

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