Archive | Special Needs Trust

Court Hands Defeat to MassHealth Attack on Elders Planning for Special Needs Children

Jacques v. Sudders (Massachusetts Superior Court, May 12, 2017) The Massachusetts Superior Court has preserved an important planning tool for elderly parents of disabled children when the parent is facing the crisis of nursing home care. The cost of that care can wipe out the parent’s funds, leaving nothing for the special needs child to […]

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BREAKING: Distributions from Self-Settled Trust not countable income for Section 8 Housing

DeCambre v. Brookline Housing Authority, Nos. 15-1458, 15-1515 (1st Cir. June 14, 2016) http://media.ca1.uscourts.gov/pdf.opinions/15-1458P-01A.pdf Summary: In a closely watched case, the United States First Circuit Court of Appeals rules that Housing Authority cannot count distributions from a self-settled trust when computing income and rent for a person receiving Section 8 federal housing assistance. June 20, 2016 […]

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Estate and Special Needs Lecture Series

We’re excited to unveil a new service to our future and existing clients! Beginning Thursday, February 27th, Attorney Annette Hines-Worthington will be sharing her vast wisdom on Estate and Special Needs Planning via a series of lectures.   Each topic will consist of a 45 minute lecture followed by answers to your questions.  Seating is […]

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Social Security Administration Removes Controversial POMS Language

Planners Remain in Limbo Special Needs Law Group of Massachusetts received the following notification of changes to the POMS language regarding compensation to a trust beneficiary’s family members: In response to criticism from disability advocates and the special needs planning community, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has removed several controversial examples that it only recently […]

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