October is Special Needs Law month.
Special needs law is a complex area of the law and requires legal advice from an experienced practitioner. If you have a child, or adult family member with special needs, knowing what benefits and services are available to them, and how to protect those benefits as they age, is important. Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI), Medicaid, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and Medicare are all programs available to a disabled person, dependent upon work history. A person with special needs who is deemed disabled may have a combination of benefits, and its important that the special needs client and their family understands the rules to avoid lost of benefits, or a reduction in benefits.
As a member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners, I work to stay current on all the changes that would affect my special needs clients. Some of the situations that might arise that would require the assistance of a special needs planner attorney might be:
"The National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) – the only organization approved by the American Bar Association to offer certification in the area of elder law, has announced that Teresa K. Bowman, Esq., of Sarasota has successfully completed its examination leading to such certification."
"I am pleased to announce that I have joined the firm of McLin Burnsed, based in Leesburg and in The Villages Community, as an attorney of counsel. McLin Burnsed has maintained a presence in the Leesburg and Villages area for over 45 years and are expanding their practice to include Elder Law."