November 11, 2017
The ABLE accounts
Recently there has been a lot of excitement in the disability community about ABLE accounts, and with good reason. Before ABLE, someone who received SSI could not have more than $2,000 in their name and keep their benefits. Now they can own up to $100,000 in an ABLE Account.
February 3, 2015
Guardians, File your Care Plan Reports: Don't be "non compliant!"
You just finished your disabled child's guardianship and left the courthouse with your paperwork in hand. You're all done, right?
January 15, 2015
The ABLE Accounts are Coming!
Legal Planning for Special Needs, located in Lexington, Massachusetts, is a law office for families like ours who have a member with a disability. My name is Barbara Jackins, and I have been an attorney for 35 years. When I am not assisting my clients, I volunteer for several local non-profit groups that serve people with disabilities and their families. I have also written several books on disability-related topics. But my most important role has been as a life-long advocate for my son with developmental disabilities who is now age 30.
Why not let my background, experiences, and legal expertise benefit you and your family? I can:
My goal is to give you accurate, objective information that is tailored to your family's needs.
If you would to meet and talk, call my office for an appointment. Why delay? For families like ours, the future starts now!
Moving Out: Family Guide to Residential Planning for Adults
In Moving Out, my co-author Dafna Krouk-Gordon and I cover the emotional, financial, and practical aspects of helping your adult child with a disability move out of your home into their own residence.
Legal Planning for Special Needs
Legal Planning for Special Needs In Massachusetts, which I wrote for parents and professionals, has been completely revised and expanded for 2017. It covers three major areas: SSI, guardianship, and estate planning.
Managing a Special Needs Trust:
A Guide for Trustees
My colleagues and I wrote Managing a Special Needs Trust: A Guide for Trustees to de-mystify special needs trusts. As attorneys who practice in the disability field, we noticed that many trustees—although they were well intentioned—were not doing a very good job.
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