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Care.com and Sama to Connect People with Caregiver Jobs

Care.com makes it easy for parents to find a qualified caregiver for their child with special needs. After clicking “I need a caregiver, parents can start a free search for care in their specific area. “Special needs” even has its […]

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Choosing the Right Trustee for Your Special Needs Trust

Choosing a credible and reliable trustee is one of the most important steps in establishing a special needs trust. While you want your trustee to have extensive management experience with regard to accounts, bills, taxes and other areas, it’s also critical […]

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Home AI Device Danger for People with Special Needs

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been in American homes for years – now more than ever. In fact, Amazon’s intelligent speaker called Echo was the hot Christmas gift of 2016 and sold out in December (according to Amazon, it’ll be back […]

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IRS Announces 2017 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving Purposes

Having a loved one with special needs often means frequent car trips – whether to physical therapy, occupational therapy, doctor visits, or elsewhere. Parents and caretakers of disabled children and adults are able to use the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) […]

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Senate Passes H.R. 34: 21st Century Cures Act: Huge Implications for Special Needs Trusts

Earlier this month, the Senate passed H.R. 34: 21st Century Cures Act, which is now awaiting the President’s signature. The legislation includes the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act in Sec. 5007, which amends the presumption in the original law that […]

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How Much Should Your Child’s Special Needs Trust cost?

Caring for a disabled child can exhaust parents and the whole family, both financially and emotionally. If assets are secured in litigation, the money may seem to be a welcome relief — until the responsibility and finality of it all sinks […]

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A Short Guide to Special Needs Trusts

Special needs trusts are intended to supplement, but not replace, a disabled person’s government benefits by paying for non-covered services or equipment. This type of trust is seemingly complex for several reasons, but the advantages of administering a special needs […]

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Illinois Mall Returns ‘Caring Santa’ for Special Needs Kids

Having a child with special needs should never mean missing out on the fun and magic of the holiday season. White Oaks Mall in Springfield is making sure no child is left out. The shopping mall is bringing back a […]

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Tax Considerations for Plaintiffs Who Obtain a Settlement

Many questions arise when your personal injury lawsuit is about to end and you’re going receive a substantial monetary recovery. In addition to considerations about using the settlement proceeds now and in the future, paying taxes on this large amount […]