Sheri R. Abrams, Attorney at Law

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Authorities across the nation are warning senior citizens and Social Security Disability recipients about a new twist on an old Social Security scam that is defrauding unsuspecting people out of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars that are ultimately unable to be refunded or recovered. Scammers are once again posing as government employees and contacting Social Security recipients by phone. They proceed to tell the senior or disability benefit recipient that their social…
The weeks and months following a child’s autism diagnosis can be frightening and challenging for parents.  You may be worried about what the future holds and what to expect as you work to adapt to a “new normal” in your home. While doctors and teachers will generally help parents start the ball rolling with Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, and psychological support, very little attention is given to the legal and financial steps that…
Business agreement handshake on white background. Black Hopefully, you have taken the time to meet with a Special Needs Planning attorney who may have helped you set up a Special Needs Trust for your child. The trust may have been funded with money you have saved, contributions from other family members or with a life insurance policy.  You were also likely told at the time that if your son or daughter had more than $2,000,…
Planning for a child who has a disability  is an extremely important and time-sensitive task. Your child is counting on you to create a plan that not only protects him or her now and after you are gone, but also encourages your child to reach his or her full potential. This is where a Special Needs Planning Attorney in Virginia comes in. Special needs planning makes that a possibility and gives you confidence about your…
The Disabled Military Child Protection Act allows military families with special needs children to protect their children’s eligibility for public benefits while allowing them to participate in their Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP). The military’s Survivor Benefit Plans permit monthly benefit stipends, up to 55% of the military member’s pension, to be paid for the benefit of a disabled child. The Disabled Military Child Protection Act grants military members the authority to name a First Party…
Disability Programs for Military Service Members Every year, on Memorial Day, we honor service members who have given their lives or been wounded for our freedom Both the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) have disability programs. Military service members and veterans may qualify for disability benefits through one of these programs but not the other, or they may qualify for both. The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers benefits…
We are often asked by parents if it is possible to protect an inheritance for an adult child who battles Bipolar Disorder.  Unfortunately, one of the hallmarks of the disorder is excessive financial spending while in the mania phase of the disease.  Parents often worry that if they leave an inheritance outright to their adult child that it will be lost or squandered quickly and that mom or dad will no longer be around to…
What is the difference between Powers of Attorney and Guardianships? As we age, decision-making about money or health care can get harder as physical or mental conditions change.  If a person loses the capacity to make big decisions, powers of attorney or guardianships provide different ways to plan for making important choices on a person’s behalf.  Understanding the differences between them can help make sure a senior or disabled person and their property are well…
Last year the Social Security Administration (SSA) specifically clarified that True Link Cards (make clickable to https://www.truelinkfinancial.com/ ) can be used to make disbursements from Special Needs Trusts (SNT) for beneficiaries who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). As long as the correct card settings are in place according to the guidelines in SSA’s Program Operations Manual System (POMS), True Link Cards provided by a trustee to SNT beneficiaries are not countable as income or as…
Social Security Disability is a government program that pays monthly benefits to individuals who become disabled and can no longer work. In order to qualify, the individual must have a disability that is severe enough to prevent  them from working for a year or more, or result in death.  The claimant must have also accumulated enough work credits throughout his or her career, the amount of which will depend on his or her age at…