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People suffering from a range of serious disabilities often must wait months or even years for federal disability benefits, even if they are clearly eligible. But thanks to a program called Compassionate Allowances, those suffering from specific conditions can have their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) applications fast-tracked.
Father is in a nursing home with Medicaid paying. Mom is still at home. If my father dies and mom is still in the home, will Medicaid place a lien on the home? Should we have a new will drawn up for my mother changing the beneficiary from my father to her children? Would the house then be hers when my father passes away, since they are co-owners, or would Medicaid be able to take all of the assets if sold, or would they only be able to take his half from the estate?
Among the many challenges facing parents of children with special needs is planning for the time when the parents will no longer be around to act as the primary caregivers. Advance planning by parents can make all the difference in the life of the child with special needs, as well as for siblings who may be left with caretaking responsibilities.
This site explains general legal strategies for protecting children with special needs and links families with members of the Academy of Special Needs Planners, qualified attorneys who can address their legal concerns and help them put effective plans in place.
Heartfelt stories from those who live with the challenges and joy of people with special needs.
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