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IRS 2018 Standard Mileage Rates Up from Previous Year

Having special needs sometimes means taking frequent car trips – whether to physical therapy, occupational therapy, doctor visits, or elsewhere. Individuals, parents, and caretakers are able to use the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) optional standard mileage rates to calculate the […]

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Who Qualifies for an Individualized Education Program?

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is an individualized document designed for the specific needs of one student. The program creates an opportunity for teachers, parents, school administrators, and the student (when appropriate) to work together to improve the quality and […]

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How IEPs Go Beyond the Classroom

All children deserve the benefits of a high-quality education, regardless of their personal challenges or needs. Legislators have written this right into federal law by passing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which guarantees every student with special needs […]

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The Elements to Building a Great Settlement Planning Team

Settlement planning isn’t what it used to be. Over the past few decades, experts have moved far away from a one-size-fits-all approach to more customized solutions for each plaintiff. Various trusts, ABLE accounts, Medicare set-asides, and other options are combined […]

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IRS Raises Annual Limit On ABLE Account Contributions For 2018

ABLE accounts are about to become an even better option for people with disabilities, according to federal authorities at the Internal Revenue Service. On January 1, 2018, people with special needs will be able to contribute an annual total of […]

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Is a Special Needs Trust the Answer to Lifelong Stability for Your Child?

As a comprehensive settlement planner, I frequently work with parents of children with special needs. Many of those children were injured during birth and are about to receive a settlement. Though that means a big lump sum of money for […]

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What You Should Know About the New Tax Overhaul Plan

Last week, House Republicans unveiled a tax-overhaul plan that would be the biggest tax code rewrite in three decades. It would also affect virtually all Americans, so it’s critical for everyone to know what’s in the plan. Called the “Tax […]