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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2014 – Families with a disabled child, parent or other relative face incredibly difficult challenges. They struggle to ensure that their disabled loved one lives a happy and comfortable life. As such, parents especially worry about how their disabled child’s needs will be met after they are gone. A special needs trust is a powerful estate planning tool that may provide peace of mind to any family struggling with these issues. On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, Gilfix and La Poll Associates presents the 10th Annual Community Special Needs Trust Seminar. Nationally recognized […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2014 – A part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands treatment for people with developmental disabilities, but some states may leave insurers with ways to sidestep the new requirement. The ACA, commonly called “Obamacare,” requires health insurance plans for individuals and small groups to include coverage for “rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices.” Most insurance plans already cover rehabilitative services, which help people regain skills, such as walking or talking, after a debilitating injury or illness, such as a stroke. “But habilitative services are often excluded,” explains Virginia special needs attorney […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) January 5, 2014 – A ruling from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) said that the New York City Department of Education (DOE) failed to provide students with disabilities with proper evaluation and support for behavioral issues. The ruling affirms a complaint made by the organization Advocates for Children of New York, which works to protect the right to education for high-risk students. The decision by the NYSED requires the DOE to use Behavior Intervention Plans and Functional Behavior Assessments, which by law are required to support special needs students. The decision means […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2013 – Assisted living facilities (also called enriched housing programs or adult homes) are residences for senior citizens where help is provided with daily living activities. Staff can make doctor’s appointments, deliver medication and assist residents with bathing, dressing, grooming or other needs. Meals and housekeeping are also provided at such facilities. In the state of New York, the Department of Heath licenses all types of assisted living residences as adult care facilities, but there are actually several different types of these facilities available. All adult care facilities are distinguished from nursing […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2013 – A new federal grant program is aimed to improve the long-term prospects of disabled children who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) initiative will provide assistance to SSI recipients and their families in order to help the kids complete high school, postsecondary education, and job training, as well as find good jobs. “Despite the support that Supplemental Security Income provides, children who receive the benefits nevertheless tend to lag behind in higher education and employment when compared with their peers,” said […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 15, 2013 – Attorney Michael Gilfix, of the estate planning firm Gilfix & La Poll Associates, is presenting estate planning options to the public on October 21, 2013 in Palo Alto, California, at the Crowne Plaza Cabana. Due to overwhelming demand, two seminar sessions are available, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Members of the public are invited to this very special Gilfix Seminar on long-term care planning, asset protection planning and special needs planning. The discussion is to include asset protection and Medi-Cal issues when facing […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) September 13, 2013 – Parents or caregivers of children with special needs are best able to pursue those children’s educational interests when working as their advocate. There are numerous areas in which an advocate should be competent in order to be knowledgeable about the services and systems available. What does an advocate need to know? They should be able to accurately read evaluations of the student and write measurable individualized educational program (IEP) goals, based on the evaluations of the student’s current levels of performance. They should also have a depth of understanding regarding […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) August 16, 2013 – Bernard A. Krooks, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA, AEP has once again been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 in the field of Elder Law and Trusts and Estates. This marks the seventh consecutive year that Krooks has been recognized for this honor. Selection to Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than four million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in the country. As a result, only a select group of elite lawyers are chosen for this distinction. The survey […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 12, 2013 – Noted estate planning attorney Michael Gilfix is booked to speak at a comprehensive seminar on Asset Protection & Long-Term Care planning this August in Palo Alto, CA. The public is invited to attend. Michael Gilfix, of Gilfix and La Poll, a leader in estate planning, tax planning, Medi-Cal planning, and special needs planning, is to speak about asset protection and long-term care planning. Topics covered will include Medi-Cal Planning, asset protection with focus on your residence, Veterans Administration benefits, and dynasty trusts. An invaluable book by Michael Gilfix, “Special Needs […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) July 16, 2013 – Attorney Thomas D. Begley, Jr. and Dana E. Bookbinder of the Begley Law Group have been selected to the 2013 New Jersey Super Lawyers list. The 2013 New Jersey Super Lawyers list designation is bestowed upon lawyers who have been judged to have extensive professional achievements, exemplary ethical standards, and are held in esteem by their peers. The process in which an attorney is selected as a Super Lawyer includes stringent peer nominations, evaluations, and research by third parties. Only five percent of attorneys are selected. Attorney Begley has been named […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) June 5, 2013 – A new study indicates that a cancer drug may be used to treat Alzheimer’s. Researchers at the Georgetown University Medical Center administered the drug nilotinib to mice in very low doses. They theorized that the drug, which causes cancer cells to self-destruct, might have a similar effect on aberrant brain cells at low doses. “Alzheimer’s and similar diseases affect some 5 million people in America alone, and planning for their needs is a challenge for families and communities” said elder law attorney Andrew Hook. The researchers began by finding a […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) May 28, 2012 – The Begley Law Group is hosting a free seminar open to the public in which the issues of planning for a child with disabilities will be discussed. Begley Law Group attorney Ethan Ordog will give a presentation on topics such as guardianship and special needs trusts. “One of the most pressing issues the parent of a child with disabilities will face is how to approach estate planning, guardianship and special needs trust issues in order to prepare for the child’s safe and secure future,” stated New Jersey estate planning attorney Thomas […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) May 6, 2012 – On May 11, Begley Law Group attorney Kristen Behrens is speaking at a public seminar about estate planning, guardianship and special needs trusts. Ms. Behrens has extensive expertise in the areas of special needs trusts, estates and trust planning. The event is hosted by Special Parents of Exceptional Children (SPEC), a group founded and run by parents of children with special needs. SPEC meets monthly throughout the school year to provide support and information, and welcomes parents and caregivers of children of all ages and types of needs. Newcomers are always […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2013 – The Begley Law Group’s continued commitment to the rights of their clients includes attending and presenting at professional seminars. The attorneys at Begley Law Group recently attended two significant outreach efforts as part of their ongoing support of clients, including individuals with special needs and their families, and the elderly. On April 15-16, 2013, Kristen L. Behrens and Tom Begley, Jr., of Begley Law Group attended the Special Needs Alliance Spring Meeting in Washington, DC, where they heard speakers from the Social Security Administration and Easter Seals on Affordable Care Act […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2013 – The looming sequester has special education advocates concerned. Nationally, sequestration looks to eliminate federal funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 2013 by as much as $1 billion. That would leave as many as 7,200 special education educators without covered salaries. The cuts would also bump the amount of money the federal government contributes toward special education back to what it was in 2005. “States across the county are looking at huge cuts,” notes Palo Alto estate planning attorney Michael Gilfix. It is estimated that Minnesota would […]


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Somerville, MA (Law Firm Newswire) October 27, 2010 – Massachusetts elder law, estate planning, and special needs attorneys, Alex L. Moschella and Neal A. Winston, partners in the Somerville, MA law firm of Moschella & Winston, LLP, have been named “Super Lawyers” for the fourth consecutive year. Moschella & Winston specializes in Massachusetts elder and disability law, public benefits eligibility, special needs law, estate planning and asset protection. Super Lawyers magazine bestows this award on the top 5% of attorneys in Massachusetts, as chosen by their peers and through the independent polling, research and selection performed by Law & Politics […]


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