What You Need To Know About Trusts

Planning is critically necessary to avoid unintended consequences in which your wishes are not carried out and the person you care about so deeply is left at risk of losing essential public benefits. “What will happen when I am not around? How can I protect the future of my loved one?” Supplemental Needs & Special Needs Trusts In some cases, a well-meaning grandparent remembers a child with special needs in his or her will, not […]

The Legal Side of Financial Strategies

Creating a financial strategy – which includes financial and legal elements – is smart, practical, and satisfying. Especially when a family member has special needs. “A sound financial strategy takes your family’s current and future financial needs into consideration, especially when planning for the future care of a family member with special needs”, says Kenneth E. Phipps, CLU, ChFC, ChSNC, a Special Care Planner who’s earned the Chartered Special Needs Consultant (ChSNC)* designation and is […]

Reverse Mortgages The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

BY BERNARD A. KROOKS, ESQ For those who have special needs, or are caregivers for an individual with special needs, the promise of extra cash flow from a reverse mortgage may seem like a wonderful gift; however, be sure to read the fine print. Reverse mortgages are a complex and often misunderstood product. Although they have been around for decades, reverse mortgages have recently received more attention as a financial planning vehicle as people are […]

Alternatives to Guardianship

BY LAUREN AGORATUS, M.A. Families may be concerned about what the future holds for their child with disabilities. Parents may be fearful if the child will be able to live independently and make decisions for themselves. Children with special needs must have input, based on their abilities. Families and professionals need to start at a young age to help the child develop decision-making skills and maximize their potential as adults. Is Guardianship the Only Way? […]

Financial Considerations For Families Retiring From The Military

BY JENNIFER WOODWORTH, PSY.D It is recommended to consult with a financial advisor before leaving the military and, again, after retirement to assess any changes in expectations and create a plan for financial stability. As a family transitions from active duty to civilian life, changes in financial stability can be a major stressor, and many families are not prepared. Up to a year before retirement, families can participate in retirement classes to assist with questions […]

Developing Money Handling Skills

As you become more confident in your son or daughter’s ability to handle the responsibility and he or she becomes more confident in their ability to handle the transactions, decrease your involvement. Many parents of young adults with learning disabilities are concerned about their son or daughter’s weak skills in money handling. They are rightfully concerned about their ability to handle purchases in stores – having enough money at the register to pay for purchases, […]

The Work Of Centers For Independent Living

CILs are consumer-driven, private, nonprofit organizations that advocate for people with disabilities and offer services to people with disabilities as peers. Type in “disability awareness” on a search engine and one uncovers a wealth of programs and activities offered by schools, agencies and consultants to bring about a greater understanding of living with a disability. Many programs are for children, while others are aimed at employers or co-workers. Still other programs cover “disability etiquette and […]

One Trust, Multiply Beneficiaries

One Trust, Multiply Beneficiaries: Creating a Trust for Caregivers and Care Recipient When a family member has special needs, often a special needs trust is recommended as part of the family’s overall financial strategy. But in certain circumstances, creating one trust to include all children in the family may be a smarter tactic. “It’s definitely something to consider,” suggests Joshua A. Hazelwood, JD, LL.M1, Vice President of Advanced Planning Markets for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance […]

Pondera Solutions Launches Platform to Combat Disabled Parking Permit Fraud

Pondera Solutions, a Google Enterprise partner focused on implementing Google analytics for government agencies nationwide, announced recently the launch of the first in the nation high-tech platform to combat disabled parking permit and placard fraud, a rampant issue in cities nationwide. “People with legitimate disabilities utilize accessible parking spots to access retail stores, restaurants, and other venues in order to participate in all their community has to offer. However, when accessible parking placards are abused […]