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By Christopher Smith on April 24, 2017

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I hope you find the following article from The Voice (the email newsletter of The Special Needs Alliance) helpful: This installment of the Voice was written by: Tara...

What Is A Medicaid Block Grant?

By Christopher Smith on March 6, 2017

Somewhere in the U.S. Capitol is a locked down health care bill that will likely be introduced by the House of Representatives this week. Early indications are that the draft bill...

Proposed Changes to Public Benefits Create Confusion

By Amy Tripp on February 14, 2017

Since the new year many clients have had questions about how the new administration in Washington might impact the future of public benefits and special needs services.  While we...

Special Needs Trust Fairness Act Headed To Obama

By Christopher Smith on December 8, 2016

The U.S. Senate and House have now passed the Special Needs Fairness Act, and it is expected to be signed by President Obama in the near future. The Act makes an important change...

An Election Day Diversion – Zombies

By Christopher Smith on November 8, 2016

As we end this intense election season, I thought I would post about something more pleasant...a zombie massacre. If you have not already watched this CBS news clip about best...

Last Chance to Enroll in Medigap Legacy Plan C is November 14th

By Christopher Smith on November 3, 2016

One of the best benefits for individuals with disabilities in Michigan is officially going away November 14th, 2016 (with an effective date no later than December 15, 2016). ...

MiABLE Launches In Michigan

By Christopher Smith on November 1, 2016

Nearly two years in the making, Michigan's ABLE program launched today in Lansing. This technically makes Michigan the fifth ABLE program in the country (and the fourth that...
The following is an article written by C&T Attorney Christopher W. Smith regarding the current status of the ABLE act and ABLE accounts and the unveiling of Michigan's ABLE...
The following is an article written by C&T Attorney Christopher W. Smith regarding the current status of the ABLE act and ABLE accounts. We hope you find it...

Income Taxes and Special Needs

By Chalgian & Tripp on May 22, 2016

I hope you find the following article from The Voice (the email newsletter of The Special Needs Alliance) helpful: This installment of the Voice was written by: Robert B....

Disabled Military Child Protection Act Policy Issued

By Chalgian & Tripp on May 4, 2016

I hope you find the following article from The Voice (the email newsletter of The Special Needs Alliance) helpful: This installment of the Voice was written by: Kelly A....

Don’t Delay Residential Planning

By Chalgian & Tripp on April 5, 2016

I hope you find the following article from The Voice (the email newsletter of The Special Needs Alliance) helpful: This installment of the Voice was written by: Andrew H. Hook,...
I hope you find the following article from The Voice (the email newsletter of The Special Needs Alliance) helpful: This installment of the Voice was written by: Jefferey M....
The following is a post from Robert Fleming in the Fleming & Curti PLC newsletter - I hope you find it helpful. ___________________________ AUGUST 3, 2015 VOLUME 22...

The ABLE Act – A New Tool for Special Needs Planning

By Chalgian & Tripp on April 21, 2015

I hope you find the following article from The Voice (the email newsletter of The Special Needs Alliance) helpful: This installment of the Voice was written by Robert B....
I hope you find the following article from The Voice (the email newsletter of The Special Needs Alliance) helpful: The Voice is the e-mail newsletter of The Special Needs...

8th Circuit Decision Stuns SNT World

By Amy Tripp on March 4, 2015

Topic:  Self Settled Special Needs Trusts, aka Medicaid Payback Trusts, aka d(4)(A) Trusts. Legal Background:  When a person under 65 meets the requirements of being disabled...

The ABLE Act — How Will You Be Able to Use It?

By Chalgian & Tripp on December 31, 2014

The following post was written by Robert Fleming of Fleming and Curti, PLC for their newsletter. I hope you find it helpful. DECEMBER 29, 2014 VOLUME 21 NUMBER 47 Last...

ABLE Act Passes — We’ll Tell You What It Means

By Chalgian & Tripp on December 22, 2014

The following post was written by Robert Fleming of Fleming and Curti, PLC for their newsletter. I hope you find it helpful. DECEMBER 22, 2014 VOLUME 21 NUMBER 46 The...
The following post was written by Robert Fleming of Fleming and Curti, PLC for their newsletter. I hope you find it...
The following post was written by Robert Fleming of Fleming and Curti, PLC for their newsletter. I hope you find it...
The Voice® Newsletter December 2013 - Vol. 7, Issue 9 This issue of the Voice was written by SNA member Shirley B. Whitenack of Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLPand an...

Special Needs Trusts and Home Ownership

By Amy Tripp on January 26, 2014

This installment of the Voice was written by Special Needs Alliance member Evan J. Krame who focuses his practice on estate planning, probate, special needs planning and elder...

10 Websites to Find a Wheelchair Accessible Van

By Amy Tripp on November 21, 2013

The following is an article from a recent: The Friendship Circle Blog - Special Needs Resource for Parents and Educators, written by Lauren Lewis.  I hope you find it...

20 Cerebral Palsy Resources You Should Know About

By Amy Tripp on November 7, 2013

The following is an article from a recent: The Friendship Circle Blog - Special Needs Resource for Parents and Educators, written by Lauren Lewis.  I hope you find it...

SNA Article – Letter of Intent

By Amy Tripp on October 19, 2013

July 2013 - Vol. 7, Issue 6 The Voice is the e-mail newsletter of The Special Needs Alliance. This installment was written by Special Needs Alliance member Amy C. O’Hara and...
The following is an article from a recent: The Friendship Circle Blog - Special Needs Resource for Parents and Educators, written by Patti Dudek.  I hope you find it...

Tax Issues for Trusts – Simplified

By Amy Tripp on July 31, 2013

The following post was written by Robert Fleming of Fleming and Curti, PLC for their newsletter--the links will take you back to their site for more information.  I found it...

Does My Child Need a Guardianship?

By Chalgian & Tripp on July 27, 2013

June 2013 - Vol. 7, Issue 5 The Voice is the e-mail newsletter of The Special Needs Alliance. This installment was written by Special Needs Alliance member Hyman G. Darling, a...
The following is the second part to the earlier article I shared with you from: The Friendship Circle Blog - Special Needs Resource for Parents and...
The following is an article from a recent: The Friendship Circle Blog - Special Needs Resource for Parents and Educators.  I hope you find it...
May 2013 - Vol. 7, Issue 4 The Voice is the e-mail newsletter of The Special Needs Alliance. This installment was written by Special Needs Alliance member Laurie Hanson, a...
The following article is from The Friendship Circle Blog.- Special Needs Resource for Parents and Educators ---------------- Like most disabilities, individuals with Cerebral...
The following article was written for The Friendship Circle Blog by Susan Hawkins and covers some important points regarding the purchase of an accessible vehicle. You can find...
Law assumes a person with disabilities lacks the equality or mental capacity to enter into a contract. By Michael J. Amoruso, Esq. Have you ever witnessed the distress of...

Your Special Needs Trust (“SNT”) Defined

By Amy Tripp on March 12, 2013

As I come across helpful information, as with the article below, I will pass them along in my blog. I hope you find the following useful in your planning. The Voice is the email...

SNTs, Obamacare and More

By Chalgian & Tripp on December 19, 2012

A recent unpublished COA opinion raises some interesting issues regarding the probate court’s role in creating special needs trusts, as well as some food for thought on how the...

Special Needs=Special Planning

By Doug Chalgian on April 1, 2010

The term “special needs” gained some notoriety during that brief period of time that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was in the news as the running mate of Senator John McCain. Sarah Palin, we learned, has a “special needs” child–in her case a child with Down syndrome…