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John Bair

Spend Down & Special Needs Trusts: Financial Security After Settlement

Millions of children with disabilities rely fundamentally on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits to live healthy, well-supported lives. In fact, more than 15% of SSI recipients are under the age of 18, according to the latest data compiled by the Social Security Administration. […]

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Transitions: Building Post-High School Goals Into An IEP

As a society, we’ve agreed that every child, no matter what, deserves to reap the benefits that a high-quality education can promise. Legislators have even written this right into federal law, passing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 2004, which […]

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Settled and your client is on Medicaid, now what? What is a pooled special needs trust?

State based government benefits like Medicaid, Social Security Income(SSI), food stamps and HUD housing benefits are vital to making it emotionally and financially each and every month. These benefits are income tested, although in some states they are also asset […]

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Individualized Education Programs: Eligibility & Requirements

In education, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Every child’s needs are different. Public schools have to create individualized learning programs for children who need special education services. These programs, along with details on how a child’s progress will be tracked, are all described […]

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Snapchat Distracted Driving – EndDD

A recent lawsuit involving an 18 year old, the speed filter on Snapchat, and another vehicle are putting the Distracted Driving epidemic in the news. Purportedly at 107mph while posting to snapchat using the speed filter.  Is Snapchat corporate going […]

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High Court Rules in Favor of Act for Families of Beirut Bombing Victims

Justice at last. In a historic decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled in favor of the families who lost loved ones in the 1983 Beirut Marine Barracks Bombing, paving the way for them to recover against state sponsors of […]

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Too Big To Fail – MetLife Sheds Its Label, Dodd Frank Takes a Step Back

Too Big To Fail? Not MetLife, says U.S judge in a court record released this past Thursday. The record, which outlines a case brought against the federal government by MetLife, the nation’s largest insurance provider, marks a major setback for […]

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A Primer on Pooled Special Needs Trust – What Moms and Dads of Disabled Children Need to Know

The landscape of Pooled Special Needs Trusts is diverse and complicated for most of our clients who are coming into the concept for the first time due to the settlement of their child’s case.  In our settlement planning practice, we […]

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Spring Break Safety – share with your kids

Spring Break. A time of year synonymous with fun, friends, and cutting loose. But before you head out, it’s important to be sure you’re safe and prepared for the week ahead. Let’s look at a few spring break safety tips […]

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If you could put 1,000,000 into your 401K would you? Attorney fee deferrals are back in Vogue.

What’s it like being the only profession to be able to defer vast amounts of taxable income? Doctors and enteprenuers have been trying to figure it out for a long time. You the trial lawyer have been able to control […]