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Special Needs Planning - October Legal Update


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 Elder Law and Special Needs Practice Group of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.

Chambliss Law Firm Monthly Editorial

We Can All Help a Friend in Need

by Amy Boulware, Care Manager, (LAP MSW)

“How are you doing?”– a simple somewhat innocuous question we have all been asked countless times. The typical answer is “fine” whether that is true or not. In most instances, the question is asked as a nicety that has absolutely nothing to do with whether or not the questioner really wants to know the answer. What would people say if they really answered honestly? Perhaps–

“I’m completely stressed.”

“I can’t keep up with all of the things on my to-do list.”
“hanging in there, barely”

“I wish I had someone who would handle the kids' homework, meals, cleaning,
and washing so that I could have 10 minutes of alone time.” 

The true answer behind the “fine” is that we spend every day advocating and worrying about our loved ones with special needs and managing medical crises, while at the same time trying to do the everyday things that are required of working parents and family members. One thing I have learned as a social worker is that nobody’s life is uncomplicated. We all have twists and turns in our daily lives, but it is how we embrace those challenges that really makes a difference. [Click to read the full article and 5 Tips for Helping a Caregiver in Need.]

Choosing an Investment Adviser for a Special Needs Trust

In many cases, the trustee of a special needs trust should hire a professional investment adviser. Here are some guidelines for hiring one. Read more ->

Helping Your Child Transition From School to Work

What will your child do after "aging out" of special education? If your child hopes to join the workforce, even part time, planning will be key.

House Overwhelmingly Passes SNT Fairness Act

The Special Needs Trust Fairness Act, a bill that would allow people with disabilities to create their own first-party special needs trusts without having to rely on others, has passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 382 to 22. Read more ->

If Your Child Receives SSI and Is Turning 18, It's Time to Talk to Your Special Needs Planner 

If your child receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits and is going to turn 18, you should talk with your special needs planner about some important changes that could significantly impact your child's SSI benefit. Read more ->