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Special Needs Planning - September 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 Special Needs Planning Practice Group of Chambliss Law Firm.

Chambliss Law Firm Monthly Editorial

We All Want the Best for Our Children
by Peter Harrison, Special Needs Planning Attorney

My two-and-a-half-year-old son has been doing a lot of growing up lately. His mastery of language and understanding of social concepts astound and bring me joy every day. He is understanding his emotions and those of others around him. He recently spent 20 minutes gathering leaves for a caterpillar we found on a walk. He has learned to say "please" and "thank you," and he seems to be understanding what it means when he says "I love you." 
My son also has his challenges. He is terribly afraid of haircuts and being left with a babysitter on a date night. He runs slower than a snail dragging a refrigerator, even when compared to other children his age. He is, and I suspect will always be, small for a boy of his age. I fear that his intelligence, when combined with his small stature and kind and caring spirit, will make him the target of every bully throughout his days. It bothers me that I can only prepare and protect him for so long before he will be on his own. I'm sure all parents or caregiver family members can relate to this, especially if they care for a child with special needs: we all have our own stories of joy, triumph, struggle, and fear. 
As parents and caregivers, we share a primal, dauntless, and uncompromising drive to do everything in our power to protect, encourage, and assist our children. [Click to read the full article.]
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Can the Beneficiary of a Special Needs Trust Change the Trustee?

A common fear among beneficiaries or their families is that the trustee may not do what’s in the beneficiary’s best interests and that, if this happens, the beneficiary may not be able to do anything about it. Read more ->

Campaign Launches to Boost Enrollment in ABLE Accounts

To help consumers navigate the process of opening newly available savings accounts for families of people with disabilities, the ABLE National Resource Center has launched an education and information campaign called #ABLEtoSave. Read more ->


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Guardianship, Mental Incapacity and the Right to Vote

All U.S. citizens have a federally guaranteed right to vote, but depending on the state, those under guardianship (or conservatorship) may not have that right. Read more ->

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How to Get a Student Loan Discharged Because of a Disability

Many people with disability income owe student loans. There’s a process that allows people with disabilities to discharge student loans completely – and it’s cost-free. Read more ->