California Special Needs Planning

Orange County Special Needs Lawyer: Will Receiving an Inheritance Cause Me to Lose My Government Benefits?

As an Orange County special needs lawyer, I often receive questions about whether a disabled individual can continue to receive benefits after receiving an inheritance. The answer is that it really depends on the type of benefit that is being collected. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) SSDI is a government benefit that helps those with …

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Trustee Fees as Part of Special Needs Planning in Orange County

In order to ensure proper use of funds, Orange County special needs planning lawyers help their clients choose a trustee.  This person is put in charge of the special needs trust, and instead of providing money directly to the beneficiary (the child with special needs), the trustee will usually pay directly from the trust to …

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An Orange County Special Needs Attorney’s Take on the ABLE Act and New Savings Opportunities for Disabled Individuals

Thanks to a new law passed in Congress last month, disabled individuals will no longer have to choose between saving a small nest-egg for future care expenses or preserving long-term eligibility for low-income benefits such as Medicaid or Supplemental Social Security Insurance (SSI). Under the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, individuals with disabilities now have …

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Planning for the Future With an Orange County Special Needs and Guardianship Lawyer

Parenting isn’t always easy, and it’s even less so when your child has a disability. We all have dreams of our children reaching full independence, but sometimes, this just isn’t possible. Our children may have needs that go beyond what others require, special needs that require specific planning in order to make sure that the …

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Special Needs Planning Issues Following Divorce

Divorce can be complicated, frustrating, disappointing, expensive, along with a whole range of other emotions, as anyone who has endured this type of proceeding can attest. As difficult as the issues can be in a divorce proceeding, can you imagine what happens when divorce involves a child with a disability? This issue of The ElderCounselorTM …

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7 Tips for Families with Special Needs

This month’s issue of The ElderCounselor™ examines the unique planning requirements of families with children, grandchildren or other family members (such as parents) with special needs. There are numerous misconceptions in this area that can result in costly mistakes when planning for special needs beneficiaries.  Understanding the pitfalls associated with special needs planning is a …

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Why You Should Consider Working With A Special Needs Planning Attorney In Orange County

For parents with disabled children, whether minor or adult, it’s a good idea to take the extra step of meeting with an Orange County special needs planning attorney.  This gives you the opportunity to set up the best possible scenario for your child if you are no longer able to provide care for him or …

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Orange County Special Needs Lawyer Offers Practical Tips In Setting Up a Supplemental Needs Trust

If you have a family member with special needs, it is important to factor him or her into your estate planning. In fact, there are “special needs trusts” or “supplemental needs trusts” that can be created specifically for this purpose. Working with a special needs lawyer in Orange County is the best way to make sure that you are setting your loved one up to be cared for when you are no longer able to do so yourself.