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Staying Independent

Posted by Sivia Law on Mar 13, 2019 12:03:00 PM



Older adults with developmental disabilities want to age in place.

Pamela Merkle is executive director of the St. Louis-based nonprofit Association on Aging with Developmental Disabilities (AADD). “Individuals with developmental disabilities are living longer, thanks to advances in healthcare.” She begins. “For the first time, large numbers are outliving caregiver parents, and because they seldom have children of their own, their support networks shrink. The biggest awareness issue that we face is that many members of the public simply don’t know this population exists. We’re committed to helping them live independently and with dignity during their “older years.”

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Topics: disabilities

What is Succession Planning? Your Steps to Success

Posted by Sivia Law on Mar 6, 2019 12:00:00 PM
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Don't Let an Emergency Find You Unprepared

Posted by Sivia Law on Feb 27, 2019 12:02:00 PM



While other natural disasters may occur such as snowstorms and fires, the challenges for those with disabilities are often even more acute. But with careful planning, individuals with special needs and their families can reduce the disruption.

Get Informed

Begin by contacting your local emergency management office to understand what arrangements are in place to handle disasters, including warning systems, shelters and evacuation of those without their own transportation. Communities often ask individuals with disabilities to register with the local fire or police department in order to speed needed assistance to them.

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Topics: disabilities

3 Tips For Making Sure You Enjoy Retirement

Posted by Sivia Law on Feb 20, 2019 2:03:00 PM



According to research, there are specific steps you can take make sure that you enjoy a more rewarding post-career life.

Experiences of older Americans show that there are three main ways you may be able to have a more enjoyable retirement.

1. Spend more money on having fun.

  • When researchers examined how retirees spend their money, that noticed that they were only spending money in one category such as cars or housing related items to food and insurance.
  • Retirement satisfaction will come from activities such as dining out, travel, entertainment and hobbies. Being able to “social spend,” will take us outside of our comfort zone and keep us more engaged with the world. You don’t want to overdo it, but don’t be afraid to target activities that will give you the biggest happiness with out spending a fortune.
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Topics: Business Law

3 Things to Consider When Seeking Care for a Special Needs Child

Posted by Sivia Law on Feb 13, 2019 12:00:00 PM



All parents who are in search for child care are looking for someone who provides consistent, loving and quality care for their child. If you have a child with special needs, you may need to ask a few more and different questions to find a situation that meets your requirements. You will want to find a child-care provider who has experience working with children who are special needs. You will want to find a provider that is willing to work with you and meet the needs of your child. The number of special-needs children ages 3 to 5 who are helped under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act has nearly doubled in the last two decades. If you are looking for special-needs child care, here are the best places to start your search.

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Topics: special needs

6 Questions to Ask Before Taking On a Business Partner

Posted by Sivia Law on Feb 6, 2019 12:00:00 PM



In the beginning of any business, there always comes a point where a decision will be made whether to take on a partner or run the business solo. In the early stages, opportunities can be fatal if important questions are overlooked because of all the excitement. Partnering may be an idea because of finances or because someone has skill in an area you lack. It’s important to go into your venture with eyes wide open. Partnerships can be rewarding with up front open communication. If you already have a partner already, its still worth sitting down and discussing some hard questions with them. Weigh all options by considering these six important issues.

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Topics: Business Partner

Legal Issues to Consider When Funding Your Business

Posted by Sivia Law on Jan 30, 2019 11:45:00 AM



When starting your business, there are legal issues to think about. Everything about your business has legal implications from the name, structure and the operations. There are some legal concerns that you may want to discuss with your attorney before diving in and starting your business.

To begin, you will need to make sure that your business name is not already in use. If you are curious as to how, you may do a name search with your appropriate state agency which is usually the office of the Secretary of State. If the name that you choose for your business is not being used, you can reserve it with the Secretary of State’s office for a period of time while you prepare articles of incorporation, organization, or a partnership agreement.

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Topics: legal issues

Medicaid and Work Requirements

Posted by Sivia Law on Jan 23, 2019 11:45:00 AM



At the beginning of this year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a State Medicaid Director Letter providing new guidance for Section 1115 waiver proposals that would impose work requirements in Medicaid as a condition of eligibility.

CMS has approved work requirement waivers for Kentucky, Indiana and Arkansas. As many as 13 other states have pending waiver requests and/or have stated they plan to apply. These include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah and Wisconsin.

Let's take a look at the goals and concerns of this new guidance, as well as some of the work requirements that will soon be implemented.

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Topics: Medicaid and Work Requirements

11 Reasons Everyone Needs a Power of Attorney

Posted by Sivia Law on Jan 16, 2019 11:45:00 AM



The benefits of a highly detailed, comprehensive power of attorney are numerous. Unfortunately, many powers of attorney are more general in nature and can actually cause more problems than they solve, especially for our senior population. We're going to highlight the benefits of a comprehensive, detailed power of attorney, including some of the provisions that should be included. A proper starting point is to emphasize that the proper use of a power of attorney as an estate planning and elder law document depends on the reliability and honesty of the appointed agent.

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Topics: attorney

Tax Filers with a Disability Need to Take Advantage of  This Tax Credit

Posted by Sivia Law on Jan 9, 2019 11:45:00 AM


Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), many others, including many people with disabilities, are not taking advantage of this generous program.

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Topics: tax credit

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