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Special Needs Law Group
Framingham, MA
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It is with such sadness that we announce to our clients and friends that Heather Pyne is leaving Special Needs Law Group to start a new adventure! For almost five years Heather has been an integral part of our SNLG family and was the first point of contact for many... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2019 at Special Needs Law Group of MA
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Annette Hines As another Mother’s Day approaches, I am so mindful of my grief and the grief of other mother's whose child will not be with them on this day. For me, my daughter Elizabeth is not here. It booms and thunders within me. I look up at my treasures... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2019 at Special Needs Law Group of MA
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Have you created a special needs trust and aren’t quite sure how it will work someday for your loved one? Have you been named as a Trustee and want to make sure you are doing all the right things? Special Needs Law Group of Massachusetts, PC is proud to host... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2019 at Special Needs Law Group of MA
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Applications are now open for the 3-day leadership conference for young adults with disabilities - Deadline is April 15, 2019! The Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is an overnight conference for youth and young adults with disabilities held annually in Massachusetts and other states across the country. YLF participants build leadership... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2019 at Special Needs Law Group of MA
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Check out this great event happening on Wednesday, March 6th! Register now with Alexandria Nadworny 781.756.1804 | alex.nadworny@shepherdfinancialpartners.com Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2019 at Special Needs Law Group of MA
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I ran across an article yesterday that, as a lawyer, I found particularly compelling. A young woman with autism is about to graduate from the highly ranked Marshall–Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary. Perhaps most of our special needs kids aren’t going to graduate school.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2019 at Special Needs Law Group of MA
On Friday, January 25, 2019, the President signed into law the IMPROVE Act (H.R. 7217), which among other things extends the Medicaid Money Follows the Person (MFP) program for three months. Three months may seem like not much, but here is the larger story. Since 2005, MFP has helped more... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2019 at Special Needs Law Group of MA
New options for video game hardware and software to expand accessibility are on the rise. For example, a student at the University of Central Interactive Entertainment Academy, Aaron Cendan, created a video game controller using buttons rather than a joystick to control motion and direction of the player’s character. Demand... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2019 at Special Needs Law Group of MA
In Part 1, we talked about two things that can influence how and in whose name it makes sense to save money for college: the Kiddie Tax, and how college need-based financial aid treats assets depending upon who the owner is. In Part 2, we examined 529 Plans more closely.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2019 at Special Needs Law Group of MA
In Part 1, we talked about two things that can influence how and in whose name it makes sense to save money for college: the Kiddie Tax, and how college need-based financial aid treats assets depending upon who the owner is. Now in Part 2, we’ll examine 529 Plans more... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2019 at Special Needs Law Group of MA
For most of us, paying for college for our children means some combination of 529 Plans, regular savings, our current income while the children are in college, and the children working and saving themselves. 529 Plans really only make sense if we start early and are (or anticipate being) in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2019 at Special Needs Law Group of MA
It’s Your Money It should be possible to leave your assets when you die to whomever you want. We live in a country with little of the forced inheritance laws found in many countries. What little we do have is generally about not disinheriting the surviving spouse. Unfortunately, successfully disinheriting... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2019 at Special Needs Law Group of MA
M-O-Mom If you haven’t seen the prime time television show Speechless (Fridays 8:30pm Eastern|7:30 Central), it is a wonderful show about a family of five where one of the children has cerebral palsy. He is JJ DiMeo, uses a wheelchair and doesn’t speak, but is not intellectually disabled. He is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2019 at Special Needs Law Group of MA
Immunity Readers of this blog may recall we reported on two new FINRA regulations on February 7, 2018. These govern securities professionals and among other things allowed a securities professional concerned about elder abuse to put a hold on disbursement of funds for up to 25 days. The regulation did... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at Special Needs Law Group of MA
SCOOT over, Uber and Lyft A Chicago area nonprofit – New Star – is working on developing a ridesharing service and phone app (like Uber and Lyft) that is focused on the needs of those with disabilities. They expect to make the app/service – called SCOOT (Stronger Communities through Open... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2018 at Special Needs Law Group of MA
$15,000 … or maybe more The deadline for making a 2018 contribution to someone’s ABLE Account is fast approaching: Monday, December 31, 2018. In case you don’t already know, an ABLE Account can be a very useful supplement, or in some cases alternative, to a self-settled Medicaid payback trust (a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2018 at Special Needs Law Group of MA
Abusing the Legislative Process? This year a number of articles, TV spotlights, and even a series on NPR have highlighted the risks of sexual and physical abuse and neglect for people with disabilities living institutionally and in the community. It is a hot topic at the Massachusetts Guardianship Association, and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2018 at Special Needs Law Group of MA
Tidy up your estate and financial planning for the new year! Herewith a few things to think about as New Year’s resolutions to get done in January, and a few to get done before the end of 2018. Review your estate plan. Check over who you have listed as health... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2018 at Special Needs Law Group of MA
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Think College has been awarded a $2.5 million Stepping Up Technology Implementation Grant from the US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs. The project will fund the development of Future Quest Island - Explorations: Advancing College and Career Awareness for Elementary Students with and without Disability. Project staff... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2018 at Special Needs Law Group of MA
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There can be a future, but plans must be made. A diagnosis of early stages of Alzheimer’s does not mean the immediate end. However, it does mean that plans have to be made quickly, as explained in The New York Times article “Leading an Active Life with a Diagnosis of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at Special Needs Law Group of MA
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Special Needs Law Group of Massachusetts, PC is proud to announce that our two Partners have both been named to the 2018 Super Lawyers List! Congratulations to Attorneys Annette M. Hines and Mark W. Worthington! Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2018 at Special Needs Law Group of MA
Special Needs Law Group of Massachusetts, PC and Annette Hines are excited to offer two free workshops to be held at Framingham Public Library in the Costin Room! Monday, October 29, 2018 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Special Needs Planning & Advocacy What Makes a Special Needs Trust So Special? Choosing the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2018 at Special Needs Law Group of MA
I hate to post such upsetting news, but bad people are part of the world we live in. We can't let them paralyze us and cause us to trust no one, for then they "win" by ruining our lives. But it is a reminder that reasonable prudence is the order... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at Special Needs Law Group of MA
... today in the Guardian. Worth the read. She herself has suffered from depression. Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at Special Needs Law Group of MA