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Special Needs Planning: Circle of Support

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This is the second installment in a number of articles which are based upon my book Special Needs Planning: A Simple Guide for Families in New York with a Loved One with a Disability published by Graylake Publishing and released in the third quarter of 2014. The book is a response to inquiries from family members and those who support them about how best to provide for a loved one with a disability. While my primary focus is the legal aspects of the process, I have realized in my work that the process for providing a secure future for a loved one is far broader in scope. One topic of great interest is “how to develop a circle of support?”

Special Needs Planning: Introduction

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This is the first installment in a number of articles which are based upon my book Special Needs Planning: A Simple Guide for Families in New York with a Loved One with a Disability published by Graylake Publishing and released in the third quarter of 2014. It is a response to inquiries from family members and those who support them about how best to provide for a loved one with a disability.

ABLE Act creates Tax Deferred Savings Accounts for Persons With a Disability

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1. PURPOSE OF THE ABLE ACT. On December 19th of this year, President Obama signed into law the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014. The bill, approved by the Senate on December 16th with a 76-16 vote, is considered the broadest legislation to help people with disabilities in nearly a quarter century since Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act. The bill passed the House earlier in the month with a final vote of 404-17

"No Fault Divorce" 4 Years Later

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The summer of 2010 may be remembered as the “Historic Summer of Legislation” that will forever change how family law is practiced in New York State. New laws became effective October 1, 2010 which represented the most major change to family law since the law of “Equitable Distribution” took effect in 1980.

Special Needs Planning Newsletter - Issue 1

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Caring for a loved one with a disability can be overwhelming at times. Care givers spend much of their time dealing with the immediate. To truly provide for a loved one with a disability, the care giver must deal with the future: they must develop a “Vision for the Future.” The vision need not be precise; indeed, in the early years in the life of a loved one it is impossible to see his or her future with great precision. Nevertheless, a care giver must envision what a loved one’s life will be like as he/she transitions from early childhood to teen years; from teen years to college or job; from living at home to living in a group home or in the community; from relying upon the primary care giver to securing outside supports.
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