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Special Needs Planning - November 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 Peter Harrison and the other members of the Special Needs Planning Practice Group of Chambliss Law Firm.

Chambliss Law Firm Monthly Editorial

What We Didn't Expect When Expecting
by Amy Boulware, Elder Care Planning Manager, (LAP MSW)

I remember the feeling I had in the pit of my stomach 25 years ago as if it was yesterday. Our daughter Amanda had been born three months early, weighing only a little over two pounds. My husband and I were so excited to start our family and did all of the normal prenatal things. We read the book "What to Expect When You're Expecting" cover to cover. We took tours of the birthing centers. We eagerly thought about decorating our nursery. 

We thought we were ready, but the preparations we made didn't include training for having a two-pound baby with multiple medical complications. There were no classes on visiting a baby in neo-natal intensive care and not being able to hold her. We were completely lost in a world we had no preparation for at all. [Click to read the full article.]
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Government's Duty to Accommodate People with Disabilities in Natural Disasters

Every major natural disaster disproportionately harms society’s most vulnerable populations. Courts have ruled that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires emergency preparedness. Read more ->

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Who May Open an ABLE Account?

ABLE accounts are a great new savings tool for individuals with disabilities, but not all people with disabilities are eligible to open these accounts. Read more ->


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5 Considerations in Choosing a Special Needs Trustee

Choosing the right person to serve as trustee of a special needs trust is one of the most important and difficult issues in creating the trust. Here are five considerations to help in the choice of who should serve. Read more ->

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In Many Localities, Parents Must Pay When Their Children With Disabilities End Up in Jail

Unexpected expenses are a regular fact of life for many parents of children with disabilities, but for parents with children entangled in juvenile jail systems, the additional costs can be exorbitant. Read more ->