Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series: Creating a Letter of Intent and a Life Plan

The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present this Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series. In the fifth session, “Creating a Letter of Intent and a Life Plan,” Abbey M. Horwitz, a Member of the firm, spoke with Elizabeth McKenna, CFP and Chartered Special Needs Consultant of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, and Heidi Rome, internationally-recognized expert on the autism…

Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series: When and How to Use an ABLE Account

The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present the Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series. In the third session, “When and How to Use an ABLE Account,” Shana Siegel, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, was joined once again by Elizabeth McKenna, ChSNC™, CFP®, of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.Watch…

Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series: Integrating Financial & Legal Planning for Families with a Child with a Disability

The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present the second session of the Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series, “Integrating Financial & Legal Planning for Families with a Child with a Disability.” Shana Siegel, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, and Elizabeth McKenna, CFP and Chartered Special Needs…

When Can I Visit My Mother in Her Nursing Home Again?

For at least the last eleven weeks, nursing home residents have been separated from their families. Some family members have gotten creative – visiting through windows, on ladders, via Zoom, and from parking lots. But many have had no way to reach their loved ones except by relying on staff to give them updates. Unfortunately, this…

Special Needs Spotlight Series: Taking Control – Harnessing Anxiety & Turning It Into a Plan

The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present the Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series. In this introductory session, “Taking Control – Harnessing Anxiety and Turning it Into a Plan,” Shana Siegel, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, spoke with Trish Colucci Barbosa, RN and Care Manager at Peace…

Caught Paying for Rehab Due to Observation Status? Medicare May Owe You

For years, elder law attorneys have warned clients about a troubling, curious quirk in the Medicare system. Many times, when older patients are hospitalized, instead of being officially admitted, they are placed on “observation status,” which was originally meant as a temporary designation for individuals who were receiving medical care and tests in a hospital setting until…

How Can I Protect Myself From Financial Exploitation as I Age?

In our office, we think a lot about solo seniors – older adults who live alone and have no immediate family. Right now, we are working on an unfortunate case where multiple bad actors took advantage of a vulnerable woman, taking hundreds of thousands of dollars. Although their children and other close family members are…

Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series

Every parent of a child with special needs worries about what will happen if (or when) they predecease their child. But a story I read last weekend sent chills up my spine. It was about a mother in Bergen County who died from the coronavirus, leaving her 30-year-old son with Down syndrome. Her son was…

Understanding Fiduciary Roles and Considerations in Choosing Who to Appoint

One of the hardest things for us to talk about is planning for end-of-life care. This includes appointing fiduciary roles to make decisions concerning health care and expressing wishes regarding life-prolonging measures and treatment. Unfortunately, most people wait too long before consulting an elder law attorney about estate planning and health care documents, which may…

Impact of COVID-19 Stimulus Checks on Property Tax and Rent Rebates for Pennsylvania’s Older Adults and Residents With Disabilities

As part of the COVID-19 relief packages provided by the federal government, qualified United States citizens and resident aliens will be receiving an “Economic Impact Payment,” also being referred to as the “Stimulus Check.” The COVID-19 Stimulus Check The Stimulus Check will be automatically mailed to individuals who meet the adjusted gross income requirements. (Simply…

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