National Autism Awareness Month raises public awareness about autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) during the month of April.
Special Needs Planning

April is Autism Awareness Month

By Jessica Saio, Law Clerk National Autism Awareness Month raises public awareness about autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) during the month of April. One of the many ways support is shown worldwide is through the Light it Up Blue campaign, initiated by the United Nations and nonprofit organization, Autism Speaks. Each year on April 2,…

The following is a summary of current bills the SNA is tracking which may benefit individuals with disabilities, and aging clients.
Elder Law & Estate Planning

Special Needs and Elder Law Proposed Legislation of Interest

By: Amy C. O’Hara, CELA I recently attended the Special Needs Alliance meeting. The Special Needs Alliance (SNA) is a national organization comprised of attorneys committed to the practice of disability and public benefits law. This organization is by invitation only of which I have the privilege of serving as President Elect of their Board…

Here is a basic roadmap, in general for ages birth to 5, on the special education process.
Guide to Being a Parent of a Special Needs Child

What Parents Need to Know about the Special Education Process for Young Children: Birth to 5

By Marion M. Walsh, Esq. When parents suspect that their child may have a disability, the process can be daunting and filled with many emotions. Some parents learn that their child has a disability at or near birth. Others suspect a disability when their child does not meet early developmental milestones. If you or a…

Congress approved the ABLE Age Adjustment Act which expands eligibility for ABLE accounts by increasing the qualifying disability age from 26 to 46.
Special Needs Planning

New Expansion on ABLE Eligibility

By Jessica Saio, Law Clerk This past December, Congress approved the ABLE Age Adjustment Act which expands eligibility for ABLE accounts by increasing the qualifying disability age from 26 to 46. This allows more individuals with disabilities to work and save money without the risk of losing government benefits. What is an ABLE Account? ABLE…

Estate planning is important for every family for several reasons, however, it becomes critical if you have a child with a disability.
Elder Law & Estate Planning

Estate Planning for the Special Needs Family

By Amy C. O’Hara, CELA Estate planning is important for every family for several reasons, however, it becomes critical if you have a child with a disability. In creating a well thought out estate plan you can ensure your child is protected both financially and personally. Part of your plan will include designating a guardian…

SECURE 2.0 builds on the SECURE Act that was enacted in 2019 and continues to change retirement plans for individuals.
Elder Law & Estate Planning

SECURE ACT 2.0

By Joel Krooks, Esq. On December 29, 2022, President Biden signed SECURE 2.0 Act into law. SECURE 2.0 builds on the SECURE Act that was enacted in 2019 and continues to change retirement plans for individuals. Increase in the Age for Required Minimum Distributions: SECURE 2.0 increases the age individuals begin taking required minimum distributions…

Beginning January 1, 2023, New York State will increase its asset and income limits for Disabled, Age 65+ and Blind (DAB) Medicaid applicants and recipients seeking long-term care benefits.
Elder Law & Estate Planning

New York Medicaid Increases the Asset and Income Limits in 2023

By Brian L. Miller, Esq. Beginning January 1, 2023, New York State will increase its asset and income limits for Disabled, Age 65+ and Blind (DAB) Medicaid applicants and recipients seeking long-term care benefits. Changes to Asset Limits: For both community and nursing home Medicaid applicants and recipients, the available asset limit will increase to…

Many questions arise on the efficacy and implementation of the Mayor’s new directive.
Elder Law & Estate Planning

Understanding NYC’s Directive on Involuntary Treatment for Individuals with Mental Illness

By Nicholas N. Khayumov, Esq. On Tuesday, November 29, 2022, Mayor Eric Adams issued a directive to give the police increased authority to assist the rising homeless population in New York City who have apparent mental health issues and are not receiving adequate treatment. According to news reports, the city has seen an increase in…

The legislation is intended to support older LGBTQ adults as they often have great social needs
Elder Law & Estate Planning

New Legislation Strengthens Support For Older LGBTQ New Yorkers

By Brian L. Miller, Esq. Legislation was recently signed into New York State law broadening the term “greatest social need” as it pertains to the Older Americans Act of 1965 (“OAA”). The OAA is a Federal Act established authority for the federal government to make grants to states for community planning and social services, research…

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that there will be a decrease in the cost of monthly premiums for Medicare Part B in 2023
Elder Law & Estate Planning

Medicare Fees to Decrease in 2023

By Brian L. Miller, Esq. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that there will be a decrease in the cost of monthly premiums for Medicare Part B in 2023. Monthly premiums for Medicare Part B, which covers routine doctor visits and outpatient care, is scheduled to decrease by 3%. Currently, the…