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Choosing Child Care for Your Child with Special Needs

Posted by Sivia Law on Dec 26, 2018 11:45:00 AM


Choosing child care for any child can be an arduous and stressful task, but if you are the parent of a special needs child, it can also be a very confusing and emotional experience. There are many things that have to be considered when placing a special needs child with a child care provider, whether it be an individual or a licensed day care center, such as the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) child care laws, what questions to ask and what to look for when visiting a potential center or caregiver.

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Topics: special needs

ABLE: A New Tool for the Special Needs Community

Posted by Sivia Law on Nov 21, 2018 11:45:00 AM




Late in 2014, the ABLE (“Achieving a Better Life Experience”) Act was signed into law. The law is aimed at achieving a manner in which those with special needs can save money without losing needs based public benefits such as SSI or Medicaid . This is an important issue and, perhaps the greatest accomplishment of the Act is that it brings attention to this valuable community and addresses a serious struggle that they face. The fact that the ABLE act had strong bi-partisan support is encouraging for the special needs community and those who serve it.

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Topics: special needs

It's Estate Planning Awareness Week! Get started today!

Posted by Sivia Law on Oct 16, 2018 10:04:00 AM


Spare your loved ones the hassle and have peace of mind. What are some of the most important things you can do now? Here is a handy checklist!

1.) Gather important Documents & Contact Information - Property deeds, vehicle titles, official certificates (birth, marriage, etc.), etc. You need to gather & keep these in an easy to access location. 

2.) Execute a Last Will & Testament [Get started now]

3.) Complete Advance Directives or a Living Will - This would be your preference on treatment should you be incapacitated.Issues addressed include breathing tubes, feeding tubes, and other life-sustaining medical treatments.

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Topics: special needs, Will, Living Trust, estate tax, elder law, Estate Planning

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