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Special Needs Planning - April Legal Update

04.05.2017

Special Needs News is an e-newsletter that brings you reports of legal developments and other trends of vital interest to those with special needs and their advocates. This newsletter is brought to you by Leah McElmoyl and the other members of the Special Needs Planning Practice Group of Chambliss Law Firm.

Chambliss Law Firm Monthly Editorial

Life's Detours  –  Letting Go of Preconceived Expectations
by Amy Boulware, Elder Care Planning Manager, (LAP MSW)

I was listening to a country music station when a Suzy Bogguss song started playing as I was driving to work one day. Tears began cascading down my cheeks. I had never heard this song before and was puzzled by my sudden emotional reaction. While I listened in the solitude of my car, the words she sang really spoke to me. The song was called "Letting Go," and it chronicles a mother's feelings when her child turns 18 and is ready for the world. From past experience, I've learned that music has the ability to elicit intense emotions. And on this day, the music reminded me of everything I felt when my daughter Hannah suffered a traumatic brain injury a few years ago. [Click to read the full article and 7 Tips for Creating a Good Life Plan for a Child with a Disability.]

Beneficiary Designations Can Cause Problems for Children With Special Needs

Private retirement savings plans, like IRAs and 401(k)s, have become the main way for American families to save for retirement. But, parents of children with special needs need to be vigilant when signing up for a retirement plan or company life insurance program. Read more ->

High Court Says Girl with Special Needs Can Sue Over School's Refusal to Allow Service Dog

The family of a girl with cerebral palsy may sue her former school district for refusing to allow her service dog as a companion in school, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. Read more ->

New Comic Book Supports Special Needs Siblings

The experience of being the sibling of someone with special needs is often overlooked. To help fill this void, a New Jersey teenager has created a 20-page comic book that presents six illustrated stories of children confronting the challenges of having a sibling with special needs – in all cases a sibling who apparently has autism or developmental difficulties. Read more ->