Understanding the Social Security Income Questionnaire

Parents of a child with special needs often apply for disability benefits.  There are specific guidelines the government uses in order to determine eligibility.  Many different questions are asked to determine whether an applicant is eligible for Social Security Income (SSI). Some of the questions you might be asked to answer include: Name of son… Read More Understanding the Social Security Income Questionnaire

Medical and Financial Planning for Special Needs Children

Parents with special needs children understand the importance of having quality health care and how changes to the laws can impact their decisions on planning for the future of their child.  Health care reform has changed the face of health insurance in the past few years.  With these changes come challenges and decisions regarding medical… Read More Medical and Financial Planning for Special Needs Children

Lifetime Alternative for Special Needs Children and Adults

Caring for a child with longer-term disability needs can be expensive for parents.  For those who wanted to leave money for their child to ensure their continued care after both parents were gone, the options were often limited.  Before 2014, if parents saved for their child and received federal benefits, once a certain dollar amount… Read More Lifetime Alternative for Special Needs Children and Adults

Wills and Guardians for Special-Needs Children

Recently, we discussed the initial planning stages for parents of special-needs children. Planning for the future when the parent is no longer around to make decisions is a critical part of the special-needs parents’ role; there are legal, financial, and medical considerations to keep in mind throughout the initial planning process. In this blog post,… Read More Wills and Guardians for Special-Needs Children

Letters of Intent and Special Needs Trusts

Parents of special-needs children face many obstacles when it comes to planning for the future. In addition to the legal and financial ramifications of caring for children while the parents are still alive, those parents also must make preparations for continued care and support after they die. In previous installments, we’ve discussed some of the… Read More Letters of Intent and Special Needs Trusts

Education Planning for Special Needs Children

All parents desire the best education possible for their child.  Every child needs an educational advocate in their corner, especially children with special needs.  Actively participating in a child’s education plan is the best way to ensure that a child receives a solid educational foundation. Education Laws for Children with Disabilities Understanding the many different… Read More Education Planning for Special Needs Children