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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 21, 2017 – The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that school districts must strive to offer special education programs that go beyond minimal teaching. Disability advocacy groups believe the decision could significantly expand the rights of the nation’s 6.4 million special needs students. Chief Justice John Roberts said public schools must meet higher standards by developing programs that allow students to make progress and “have the chance to meet challenging objectives” in light of their disabilities. However, Roberts did not specify the nature of the progress, saying it varies according to the “unique circumstances” […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 8, 2017 – Law firms want to know how and why a client makes first contact, and Bigger Law Firm magazine has the answers. In the feature article, Brendan Conley explains the science behind how people, including clients, make decisions. He draws a series of distinctions between the perfectly rational, but fictional, beings that economists and others imagine people to be, and reactive, often illogical, real-world human beings. Understanding how decisions are made can help a firm make sound marketing decisions. As Dipal Parmar explains in the Virtual Impression update, a good website […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 28, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Education website that explains the federal law for students with disabilities is now operational after being down for some time. The government website went offline after the Senate confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. It crashed at an inopportune time on DeVos’ first full day in office. The incident heightened the concerns of advocates and families of special needs children who were already doubtful of her commitment to special education. During her confirmation hearing, DeVos acknowledged being confused about the federal Individuals with Disabilities […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 1, 2017 – Building financial security is an important consideration for the family members and friends of individuals with special needs. Special care must be taken, though, in setting aside funds for the well-being of these individuals. A special needs trust is an estate planning tool that protects funds intended to enrich the life of a loved one with special needs, while preserving eligibility for public benefits. Littman Krooks LLP is hosting a free workshop on special needs trusts. Amy O’Hara, Esq., will present up-to-date information on various aspects of special needs planning, […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 17, 2017 – Depression, anxiety and mental health issues pose challenges for many students. Facing the transition from adolescence to young adulthood can trigger or unmask depression or anxiety in some young adults. If your college-bound student is susceptible to depression or anxiety, you should understand the transition process, student and parent rights, and how to seek help in a potential crisis. Join us for a free workshop: How to Transition a Student with Anxiety to College Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Time: 11:30AM – 12:30PM Place: Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road, […]


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New Orleans, LA (Law Firm Newswire) January 25, 2017 – A day-long intensive workshop on March 23, 2017 will reveal the secrets of effective online marketing for lawyers. The session, part of the Academy of Special Needs Planners’ 11th Annual Meeting in New Orleans, will be led by Victoria Fabiano of Google and Conrad Saam, founder of Mockingbird Marketing, an agency that delivers advanced online marketing exclusively for the legal industry. Attorneys, Saam says, are getting “intimidated, overcharged, confused and downright lied to by marketing consultants and self-proclaimed search gurus” who see dollar signs but deliver “little (if any) value.” […]


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Irvington, NY (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2016 – Barger & Gaines is pleased to announce the addition of Attorney Giulia Frasca to its Irvington office. Ms. Frasca is an attorney who focuses her practice on special education, education law and disciplinary matters, special needs planning, Child Protective Service and Association for Children’s Services matters, OPWDD appeals, involuntary commitment and assisted outpatient treatment matters and elder law in New York and Connecticut. Ms. Frasca has worked primarily in special education, education law and special needs planning and has extensive experience in these areas. Barger & Gaines is a law firm […]


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Westchester, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 2, 2016 – The Arc of Westchester’s 2016 Golfing for Kids tournament will be held on June 7th. The golfing outing aims to raise funds for the Arc of Westchester’s Children’s School for Early Development, which provides educational and social support services for children five years old or younger with autism and other special needs, and their families. This year, they are honoring Bernard A. Krooks of Littman Krooks LLP with the Advocate of the Year Award. Mr. Krooks is President of the Board of Directors of the Arc of Westchester, the largest agency […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 13, 2016 – Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., of Littman Krooks LLP has been named 2016 Advocate of the Year by Arc of Westchester’s Children’s School for Early Development. He will be honored at their annual Golfing for Kids benefit event on Tuesday, June 7th 2016 at Hampshire Country Club in Mamaroneck, NY. Krooks is a founding partner of the law firm Littman Krooks LLP and Chair of its Elder Law and Special Needs Department. He is the President of the Board of Directors of the Arc of Westchester, the largest agency in Westchester […]


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Santa Clara, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2015 – The Pacific Autism Center for Education (PACE) today announced that Michael Gilfix and Mark Gilfix of Gilfix & La Poll, longtime experts in the field of special needs planning, will present an informative and timely seminar on January 25, 2016 at 6pm at the PACE School. The program is open to the community at large. Topics covered will include: – Update on the ABLE Act: a tax favored bank account to supplement Special Needs Trust planning – Five myths or misunderstandings about Special Needs Trusts and asset protection – The […]


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Harrisburg, PA (Law Firm Newswire) December 7, 2015 – The Harrisburg Pennsylvania law firm, Hazen Elder Law is now Hazen Law Group; a law firm that focuses on long-term care planning, guardianships, estate planning, asset protection, special needs planning and public benefits. The firm was founded by Marielle F. Hazen, and is considered to be one of the best law firms in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The new name represents the firm’s growing portfolio of services that fall outside of “elder law” such as special needs planning and trusts and veterans’ benefits. Among the services they […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) November 23, 2015 – Giulia Frasca, Esq. of Littman Krooks LLP will conduct a seminar on “Special Education: Understanding Your Rights” on Thursday, December 3, 2015 in New Fairfield, CT. Giulia focuses her practice on special education and education law, special needs planning and elder law in New York and Connecticut. She has successfully advocated for children with special needs who were denied a free and appropriate public education by their school districts. Additionally, she has been successful in litigating against school districts for reimbursement for tuition for appropriate private placements when the school […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) November 10, 2015 – School anxiety has become prevalent among children of all ages and can be a difficult problem for parents and school districts. Littman Krooks LLP and Fusion Academy Westchester are hosting a seminar that will emphasize the importance of early identification and intervention. A multidisciplinary panel that includes a noted area psychologist, a school psychologist, an educator and an education attorney will discuss reasons for school avoidance; what steps parents and schools can take; what educational interventions work and what parents can do to protect their children’s legal rights to a […]


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Irvington, NY (Law Firm Newswire) November 6, 2015 – In its continued goal to serve as a resource to families, law firm Barger & Gaines is announcing the addition of Attorney, Consultant, & Motivational Speaker, Robert M. Tudisco to its Irvington office. Mr. Tudisco will focus his practice on special education, education and criminal matters, and will join a firm focused on special education law and advocacy, special needs planning, estate planning, guardianship, and general education matters. Robert M. Tudisco is a nationally recognized author, motivational speaker, and non-profit management consultant in addition to being an attorney diagnosed with ADHD. […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) October 14, 2015 – As part of their commitment to serving the local community, Littman Krooks LLP, Arc of Westchester, Huntington Learning Center, Miracle League of Westchester, New Frontiers in Learning and Pegasus Therapeutic Riding will host a workshop on special needs trusts. Building financial security is an important consideration for the family members and friends of individuals with special needs. A special needs trust is an estate planning tool that protects funds intended to enrich the life of a loved one with special needs, while preserving eligibility for public benefits. This workshop will […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 31, 2015 – An audit report released on July 1 reveals that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has overpaid almost $17 billion in disability benefits over the past decade, with some individuals still receiving payments despite being ineligible. The audit, issued by the Office of the Inspector General, examined a sample group of 1,532 Americans receiving disability benefits from October 2003 to February 2014. The results indicate that around 50 percent of the people were overpaid. The SSA estimates only $8.1 billion of the $17 billion in overpayments has been recovered, and that it […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) August 19, 2015 – Bernard A. Krooks, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA, AEP® (Distinguished) has been recognized for excellence in Elder Law and Trusts & Estates. Best Lawyers in America® has included him in its definitive guide to legal excellence in the U.S. in the field of Elder Law and Trusts and Estates for the ninth consecutive year. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. Also, the Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section of […]


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Irvington, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 23, 2015 – As part of its goal to serve as a resource to families, law firm Barger & Gaines is announcing the expansion of its Irvington office. The firm is now the largest in the tri-state area with a dedicated full-time team focused entirely on special education law and advocacy, special needs planning, estate planning, and guardianship. The firm recently added noted attorney Sheryl Frishman, Esq., immediately enhancing the firm’s ability to deliver comprehensive services to the families of students and adults with special needs.  “We know how important a child’s education is […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 8, 2015 – Attorneys from Gilfix and La Poll will appear on NBC’s “Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa” this weekend. Michael Gilfix and Mark Gilfix will discuss how best to provide for those with special needs in the Bay Area’s Asian community. “We are happy to have the opportunity to reach out to local families and talk about their needs and the options available to them,” said Mark Gilfix. “Our message is, “Proper planning is vital, and help is available,” and we’re excited to be able to share it on this program.” […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2015 – Attorney Mark Gilfix will appear on the KTVU FOX Channel 2 show, “Bay Area People” to offer insights on key steps parents should follow to plan for their children’s future. The show will air Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12.   The  show will focus on the challenges that special needs children and their families face, and will discuss the powerful planning options available to them.   Mark Gilfix will appear as special guest to discuss these issues. His Palo Alto law firm, Gilfix & La Poll Associates specializes […]


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