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Dec 20, 2016

Disabled Individuals Can Now Establish Their Own Special Needs Trusts

vintage-1537992_1920Congress has just enacted legislation that allows disabled beneficiaries of means tested programs such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to establish their own special needs trusts.  Until now, such trusts had to be established by persons other than the disabled individual even when the trust’s funding source was the disabled individual’s own assets.  The new law, known as the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act, changes that and allows such trusts to be established … Read more

Dec 9, 2016

Oregon Launches its ABLE Savings Plan

Piggy bankBeginning December 6, 2016, Oregonians can take advantage of the federal “ABLE Act” which allows persons with disabilities to establish accounts which can be used to pay their disability related expenses.[1]  Those eligible can now open an ABLE account by enrolling via the Oregon ABLE website.  The enrollment process is estimated to require no more than 15 minutes to complete.

Up to $14,000.00 can be contributed to an ABLE account each year without … Read more

Sep 15, 2016

Ready to Launch? Oregon’s ABLE Accounts to Open for Business in December 2016

MoneyOur past blogs have told you about a recently enacted federal law, the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (the “ABLE Act”), which allows persons with disabilities to establish accounts that can be used to pay expenses related to their disabilities.[1]  Up to $14,000.00 can be contributed to an ABLE account each year.  Account earnings grow tax deferred and, provided the funds are used by the account owner to pay for “qualified … Read more

Aug 4, 2016

ABLE Accounts Can Be a Game Changer for People with Disabilities

Photo of moneyWe have previously told you about recently enacted federal legislation, the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (the “ABLE Act”), which allows persons with disabilities to establish tax favored savings accounts which can be used to pay for expenses related to their disabilities.

A recent article highlights the dilemma faced by people with disabilities who can be disqualified from government benefit programs on which they rely, such as Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income, … Read more

Jul 16, 2015

Almost ABLE: An Update on Savings Accounts for People with Disabilities

This past January, we told you here about recently enacted federal legislation, the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (the “ABLE Act”), which allows persons with disabilities to establish tax favored savings accounts which can be used to pay for expenses related to their disabilities.

Persons who became severely disabled prior to their 26th birthday may establish an ABLE account, to which anyone can make a contribution. The total annual amount … Read more

Oct 24, 2012

Family Dynamics and Estate Planning

Understanding a family’s dynamics in estate planning is very important.  Frequently, I have clients that come to me requesting a “simple will”.  For example, a couple in their mid 60s comes to my office for estate planning.  They have three kids all over the age of 30.   They own a primary residence, a vacation property at the beach which has been in the family for two generations that they would like the kids to receive … Read more

Dec 29, 2010

Special Needs Planning: Gifting to Individuals with Mental or Physical Disabilities

Individuals with mental or physical disabilities oftentimes receive government benefits based on their financial needs.  Most of the time these benefits are insufficient to meet the disabled person’s needs, and relatives and friends want to make gifts to a disabled person or make a bequest to that person in a will or trust to supplement the government benefits that the individual receives.   However, by gifting directly to the disabled person, the friend or relative may … Read more