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Primary season is here and Virginia voters will soon have their chance to select a presidential candidate on March 3, 2020.  Residents with disabilities who wish to participate in the primary election can take advantage of a number of accessibility options to ensure that their voice is heard. Who Can Vote? In Virginia, every adult over 18 can register to vote, regardless of disability status.  Individuals with cognitive impairments or special needs can also vote,…
Yes, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has the right to review a person’s receipt of Social Security Disability benefits at ANY time. SSA can request your medical records to see: if you are still being treating by a doctor; and to check if your medical condition has improved. If you have not been receiving treatment from a doctor or if SSA believes your medical records show improvement they will find that you are no longer…
The Social Security Administration has just announced a new tool to fight against Social Security related scams. Social Security has created an online form, with which scams can be reported. Information gathered through these reports will be used to help investigate frauds and scams. Calls in which scammers convince a person to buy gift cards or mailing cash in response to phony Social Security problems have become the number one form of fraud reported to…
Working with a Virginia Special Needs Planning Attorney to create a trust for your child with special needs is an important part of preparing for his or her future. In order to make sure that the Special Needs Trust stays relevant to your family’s needs, however, it is important to review it annually. At this point, you are able to reflect on any changes that have taken place in your life or that of your…
Choosing to serve as someone’s guardian is a huge responsibility. A guardian for an adult with special needs is generally tasked with overseeing that individual’s physical well-being, medical care, and housing. In the majority of cases, it’s a parent (or parents) who will apply to become their adult child’s legal guardian when he or she turns 18. But even parents will ask us if they are able to appoint a “co-guardian,” or someone else who…
With today’s technology, access to information is literally in the palm of our hands. From your cell phone, you can download manuals to repair a washing machine that’s thirty years old or watch step-by-step video tutorials that will teach you how to do anything from knitting a sweater to playing an instrument without taking a single professional lesson. However, just because you can do something yourself doesn’t always mean you should. Special Needs Planning is…
Working with a Special Needs Planning Attorney to create a trust for your child with special needs  is an important part of preparing for his or her future.  In order to make sure that the Special Needs Trust stays relevant to your family’s needs, however, it is important to review it annually.  At this point, you are able to reflect on any changes that have taken place in your life or that of your loved…
Traveling at any time of the year is stressful. But the holidays can present extra challenges for people who travel with someone with special needs, especially when it comes to navigating excessive crowds, full flights, long lines, travel delays, staffing shortages, and overbooked hotels. If you are traveling this year with a loved one who has special needs or a disability that requires extra assistance or care, the following tips can help make your life…
Social Security News:  The Social Security Administration has just announced that full Wednesday service hours will be returning in January 2020. Starting on January 8th, the public can now visit Social Security offices on Wednesdays between the hours of 9:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m. This change will take effect at offices nationwide. Previously, offices were only open on Wednesdays between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and noon, a policy which has been in place since 2012.…
Settling a personal injury lawsuit can take a long time, and it’s no surprise that the end of the process is often met with relief by injured parties who are anxious to collect their award for the pain and suffering they have experienced. Yet for a person who has special needs or disabilities, receiving a personal injury settlement must be done with extreme caution. The following is an overview of information that we discuss with…