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Posts Categorized: Special Needs
COVID-19 Facebook Live Events Hosted by Vincent J. Russo
Essential COVID-19 FACEBOOK LIVE Event Hosted by Vincent J. Russo In Case You Missed It: COVID-19: How Can the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Help Me? Vincent hosted a Facebook Live Event on Wednesday, April 8th to answer any questions you may have as COVID-19 continues to affect our lives and the lives of our… Read More »
COVID-19 Facebook Live Events Hosted by Vincent J. Russo
Essential COVID-19 FACEBOOK LIVE Event Hosted by Vincent J. Russo COVID-19: What You Need to Know and Do to Protect Your Family Vincent hosted a Facebook Live Event on Tuesday, March 31st to answer any questions you may have as COVID-19 continues to affect our lives and the lives of our loved ones. During… Read More »
Essential COVID-19 Facebook Live Event Hosted by Vincent J. Russo
As the managing partner of Russo Law Group, I am writing to you today because we take the health and well-being of the people who make up our beloved Long Island community very personally. We are saddened and concerned by what is currently happening within our community due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and we want… Read More »
The Trump Policy Analysis Group (TPAG) – Focusing on Older Americans and those with Special Needs
The Trump Policy Analysis Group (TPAG)  has convened to consider probable changes in law that will affect older Americans and those with special needs. Initial TPAG focus is on entitlements, public benefits, tax, special needs planning, and veterans’ benefits. We used a three-fold analysis: stated policy (declared Trump policies and those of the Republican Congressional… Read More »
What is an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)?
IEP is an acronym for Individualized Education Plan. It is a document required for any child over the age of three years old who qualifies as a student with a disability. Prior to three-years-old, a child with a disability will have an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). The main difference between an IEP and an… Read More »
What are Special Needs Benefits?
When planning for an individual with special needs, consideration must be given to the individual’s independence and quality of life. Special needs benefits can be in the form of assistance provided by government programs, such as Medicaid, SSI, SSDI, and Medicare. In addition, there are many community organizations that devote themselves and their funds to… Read More »
Is your disabled child maximizing his or her Social Security benefits?
In my many years of practice, I have found that not every parent is aware of all of the benefits to which their disabled child may be entitled. Social Security has additional benefits available to Disabled Adult Children (DAC) who were found to be disabled prior to the age of 22. Qualifications In order to… Read More »
On Air with Deanna M. Eble
Special Needs Planning Deanna M, Eble joined Hilary Topper on her talk show, Hilary Topper on Air. During this podcast, Deanna discusses some of the hurdles of raising a child with special needs. Many parents are inundated with information from all different sources encouraging a guardianship for their child. Guardianship is not the only option… Read More »
Special Needs Planning for your Child
If your child has special needs, there are so many things to think about. Between getting the child help right now and thinking about what happens when they turn 18 and you no longer have the legal authority to make medical and financial decisions; here are two options: Advance Directives – Advance directives, if the young… Read More »
SSI And The “Able” Account
Kelly is 24 years old. She is on the autism spectrum and is receiving SSI. She is doing her best to be independent, but the monthly stipend is limited and it is difficult to live on her own with minimal funds. What is her best option to keep her benefits and have the means to… Read More »
Just Released—New York Elder Law and Special Needs Practice, 2019 Edition
I am excited to announce the release of an updated and expanded edition of my book, New York Elder Law and Special Needs Practice, which, much to my delight, has been and continues to be a working tool for many elder law and special needs practitioners. The new edition addresses the planning needs of everyone… Read More »
FAQ1: What is the difference between a First Party Special Needs Trust and Third Party Special Needs Trust?
Frequently Asked Question #1: What is the difference between a First Party Special Needs Trust and Third Party Special Needs Trust? Several factors should be considered when determining whether a First Party Special Needs Trust or a Third Party Special Needs Trust should be utilized when developing the appropriate plan for a beneficiary with special… Read More »
Should You Disinherit a Family Member Because They are Receiving Some Kind of Government Benefits?
One of the most frustrating things as a Special Needs planning attorney is to have someone in my office doing planning and they tell me that they need to disinherit a family member because they are receiving some kind of government benefits. Their mindset is that they are looking out for that loved one, but… Read More »
Upcoming Webinar on “How Decisions Are Made: Guardianship”
Webinar – How Decisions Are Made: Guardianship Date: May 31, 2018 Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Location: Your Computer, Phone or Tablet Join Partner, Eric J. Einhart for this Free Educational Webinar. Please register for How Decisions Are Made: Guardianship on May 31, 2018 7:00 PM EDT at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1667398779208221441 Attend this free webinar on:… Read More »
Can the transfer exemption to a disabled child, under the Medicaid laws, still be utilized if a disability determination was never made?
Under current law, certain transfers of assets by a Medicaid applicant or recipient do not result in any transfer penalties. Any asset of any value or type can be transferred without penalty to a disabled child of any age. The law allows for transfers to the applicant’s child who is certified blind or disabled. The… Read More »
24th Annual Theresa Awards!
We look forward to seeing you on Friday! There is still time to register for the 24th Annual Theresa Awards Dinner. Please call Alyssa if you have questions regarding the Theresa Awards Dinner at: 516-432-0200 or email@example.com We are still accepting donations of raffle baskets or restaurant certificates. Click Here to Purchase Tickets Click Here to Purchase… Read More »
What Is An “ABLE” Account?
Are you looking for a way to put away money to pay for expenses of a loved one with disabilities? Then you should consider creating a New York “ABLE” account. “ABLE” stands for “Achieving a Better Life Experience”. To qualify for NY ABLE, the eligible individual must be a New York resident. There are two ways to… Read More »
Does Social Security Recognize a Power of Attorney?
Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are incredibly important for many senior citizens and individuals with special needs. It can be devastating if there is a disruption in these benefits of any kind. In order to avoid disruption or mitigate any issues regarding these federal payments, it is important to make sure that… Read More »
Key Factors to Consider When Creating a Special Needs Trust
Every trust is comprised of an agreement between two people – a grantor who is donating funds to the trust, and a trustee who manages the donated funds as outlined by the grantor in the trust document. The funds in a trust are typically used to assist the trust beneficiary. This beneficiary is usually either… Read More »