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By Marion M. Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP All of us at Littman Krooks wish you a holiday season filled with joy, happiness and success.   We know how difficult this season can be for those with disabilities or illnesses who are alone, sad or isolated and for their caregivers.   During this time of year, especially, we remember all of those vulnerable individuals, particularly those who do not have the appropriate …

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ABLE Account Update for 2018

By Ryan J. Byrnes, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP In our earlier blog post, ABLE Accounts: What You Need to Know, we discussed what an ABLE Account is, who can contribute and some of the many benefits it can provide. Starting in the 2018 tax year, the Internal Revenue Service has increased the total annual contribution per ABLE Account from $14,000 to $15,000. By design, the ABLE Act ties directly to …

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Employee Disability Benefit

By Marion M. Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP Since 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has provided strong protections to people with disabilities, vastly improving the accessibility of buildings. Stores, restaurants and other businesses built ramps and made other accessibility changes because the law required the changes and the owners knew that courts would hold them accountable for violations. Now, some members of Congress want to make fundamental changes …

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ABLE Accounts: What You Need to Know

By Ryan J. Byrnes, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP The purpose of the ABLE program is to assist individuals with disabilities with saving funds in accounts to better enhance their quality of life. The program is intended to supplement, not supplant, government entitlements, such as Medicaid and SSI. Distributions from the account can be used to pay for qualified disability expenses, including education, housing transportation and health. Here are some answers …

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By Arshi Pal, Esq., & Stacy M. Sadove, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP Important Update! On August 21, 2017, Governor Cuomo signed Assembly Bill A6743, amending Social Services Law §366.  The signed legislation only adds the word “Individual” into the statute, and the changed wording will have significant implications for many individuals with disabilities. The revised law allows individuals with disabilities under the age of 65 to establish their own first …

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Employee Disability Benefit

By Stacy Sadove, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are generally available to adults only when they cannot participate in a substantial gainful employment due to a disability. Sometimes beneficiaries want to try returning to work, but are concerned about losing their benefits. One option to transition from disability to working is to participate in the Ticket to Work Program. Under …

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New York Paid Family Leave

Beginning January 1, 2018, private employees in New York State will be covered by the state’s paid family leave program. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the family leave bill into law in 2016, along with a $15 minimum wage bill. The governor’s office described the legislation as the nation’s most comprehensive and strongest paid family leave policy. Here is what you need to know. Who is eligible? Nearly all private employees …

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ABLE Act Update

By: Amy C. O’Hara, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (the ABLE Act) became effective in New York State on April 1, 2016. The purpose of the ABLE program is to assist individuals with disabilities with saving funds in accounts to better enhance their independence and quality of life. The program is intended to supplement, not supplant, government entitlements, such as Medicaid and SSI. Distributions …

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By:  Bernard A. Krooks, Certified Elder Law Attorney Generally speaking, there are two kinds of special needs trusts. Those set up to handle money owned by the beneficiary (like a personal injury or medical malpractice settlement, for instance) are usually called first party special needs trusts.  Those set up by someone other than the beneficiary, to handle money not belonging to the beneficiary, are usually called third party special needs …

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