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It's crucial to make distributions from special needs trusts the right way.

July 13, 2017

People with special needs trusts have better lives when they have some extra money in a special needs trust to augment public benefits. But if the trustee makes distributions from that trust in the wrong way or for the wrong things, the beneficiary may find their public benefits reduced.

The Wisdom of the Aged

December 27, 2015

Aging almost inevitably brings decreased physical abilities, and the loss of beloved friends and family members. But those losses can bring increased wisdom and perspective.

Coping with the Costs of Dementia

December 02, 2015

It's wrenching to watch a loved one succumb to dementia. It's exhausting to care for them. And it can be a financial disaster if you don't plan ahead. You can plan ahead for your own future disability, including dementia. And if you're in the painful situation of already having a spouse or other family member with dementia, there are still options available.

Pediatricians Told To Bone Up On IDEA

December 08, 2015

Providing appropriate support and education for children with special needs requires that all professionals involved with the child do everything they can to support parents' efforts.

Marriage Concerns Insufficient To Warrant Guardianship

November 10, 2015

A court decision reminding everyone that people with developmental disabilities are entitled to full legal rights, excepting only those few areas where a court has been convinced the person is at risk. An excellent statement from the judge summarized this standard. "However, the standard here is not whether the petitioners can make better decisions than D.D., it is whether or not D.D. has the capacity to make decisions for himself..."

Developmentally Disabled People Face Losing Access to Services as Closures Hit

November 27, 2015

If you have a developmentally disabled person in your family, if you know a developmentally disabled person, or if you just care about the vulnerable, PLEASE lobby your legislator to boost funding for the regional centers and the work activity centers. They are crucial for helping the developmentally disabled be part of society

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