Special Needs Planning

When clients have issues to address beyond the need for a “simple” Will and Powers of Attorney, the attorneys at OWM Law in the Special Needs Law department are ready to assist. Our attorneys are familiar with the multifaceted aspect of this complex area of the law, as well as the network of services and providers who are able to assist clients effectively.  Special Needs Law attorneys are constantly monitoring the ever-changing statutes and regulations to which people with disabilities are beholden for their daily existence. Special Needs Planning can occur at any time throughout life. However, planning ahead will afford you and your family more options and greater flexibility.

You should consult with a Special Needs Law attorney if you or your spouse has a disability. OWM’s Special Needs Law attorneys can assist you in the complexities that arise when planning for your long-term care as well as assisting you with qualifying for public benefits. 
See below for more information on Medicaid benefits, Supplemental Security Income benefits (SSI) and Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI).

You should consult with a Special Needs Law attorney if you are a parent or grandparent of a child with a disability. Whether you have a child that was born with a disability or has become disabled as a result of an accident, it is important to develop a comprehensive special needs plan. If the child is eighteen or older, a guardianship may be necessary. It is key that your estate plan takes into consideration the public benefits available to your child and is carefully crafted so as not disqualify them from those benefits. If assets are inherited directly by a child who is receiving public benefits, they run the risk of losing those benefits.

You should also consult with a Special Needs Law attorney if you plan to leave an inheritance to a beneficiary that has a disability or is receiving public benefits.

OWM’s Special Needs Law attorneys understand the necessity of a person with a disability utilizing all available public benefits. We will assist you in learning about available resources such as Medicaid benefits, Supplemental Security Income benefits (SSI) and Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI).

Click here to learn more about Social Security Disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income benefits.


REFERENCES

  • Social Security Disability FAQ
  • Social Security Disability Worksheet
  • Effects of Work Activity on Social Security Disability (November 2011) (video): 
         Part 1   Part 2
  • Social Security Disability Update (August 2011) (video): 
         Part 1   Part 2
  • Relocation of Tri-County Area Social Security Office (July 2010) (video): 
         Part 1   Part 2
  • OWM Newsletter - November 2011 - Can I Work While Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits?
  • OWM Newsletter - June 2010 - Why So Many People Are Denied Social Security Benefits

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