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Special Needs Planning - January 2019 Newsletter


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 Dana Perry and the other members of the Special Needs Planning Practice Group of Chambliss Law Firm.

Chambliss Law Firm Monthly Editorial

Chocolate Cake, Purple Hair Dye, & Lorrie Morgan: Special Needs Planning Done Right

by Amy Boulware, Care Manager, (LAP MSW)

What do chocolate cake, purple hair dye, Lorrie Morgan, and Alexa have in common? On first or even second glance, most of you would find nothing that these random things have in common, unless you know a gentleman named Doug. These are some of his favorite things.

Doug's parents became our clients over a decade ago. They came to Chambliss for special needs planning while they were in their early 70's, still working and Doug was living at home with them. Doug was born with developmental disabilities that affect his cognition and physical abilities. He has been cared for by his family throughout his whole life. This is not an uncommon occurrence for parents who have a child with a disability. Like Doug's, most parents worry about what will happen to their adult child with a disability when they are no longer able to care for them. This often keeps parents up at night. [Click to read the full story.]

Pooled Trusts: Should You Consider Taking a Dip?

Trusts where the funds of many people with special needs are “pooled” may be a better option for some people than the conventional special needs trust, depending on the circumstances. Read more

A New Congressional Effort to Curb Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

Lawmakers have introduced new bills in both houses of Congress seeking to end schools’ use of disciplinary techniques traditionally employed disproportionately against students with disabilities. Read more

Should a Special Needs Trust Buy a Home for a Beneficiary?

Although homeownership can be empowering for someone with disabilities, purchasing the home through a special needs trust may be in the beneficiary’s best interests. Read more