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Divorce is never an easy process and it becomes more complicated when children are involved and parents are considering how to structure custody, support, and visitation. If a child with special needs is impacted by a divorce, additional care must be taken to adequately provide for your child’s unique short and long-term needs.

 

“My spouse and I are divorcing, but I am disabled and have high medical costs. How can I make sure that I don’t lose eligibility for my disability benefits? How does alimony factor into the eligibility requirements for disability benefits?”

New Hampshire has partnered with the State of Ohio to offer ABLE accounts for New Hampshire residents under a new program called STABLE NH.  These accounts will be managed by Ohio’s STABLE program, which offers ABLE accounts to individuals with disabilities nationwide.  Although New Hampshire residents have been able to enroll in Ohio’s STABLE program since its inception, once STABLE NH launches, New Hampshire residents will be eligible to .

 

 

‘I’ve heard about a Medicaid spend-down –

what is that?”

 

If you are a family law attorney, you’re well acquainted with the intricacies of a number of areas when it comes to the dissolution of a marriage – division of marital property, child custody and support, and alimony. However, when that divorce involves a child with special needs, or a spouse with severe disabilities, the picture becomes considerably more complicated. Should you engage the services of a special needs planning attorney? Here .

After years of planning by the disability community and with strong bipartisan support, the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act was signed into law on December 19, 2014. This federal statute added a tool to the planning options available to persons with  disabilities,  and is codified at 26 U.S.C. §529A. Before ABLE accounts may be created, a state must pass legislation establishing a Qualified ABLE Program to administer the  .

In 1900, average life expectancy in the U.S. was about 47. Today, it’s nearly 80. As we are getting older, the chances of needing long-term or nursing home care has increased dramatically. In fact, one estimate projects that 70% of people turning 65 will need long-term care at some point. If that is you or a loved one, you may be wondering how to pay for nursing home care should it become necessary.

 

If you are the parent or guardian of a child with special needs, you’ve already experienced the various challenges of navigating the complex world of government benefits programs and federal and state regulations for persons with disabilities. 

 

 

Is it too late to plan for Medicaid if my spouse already is in a nursing home?

Many individuals fully intend to take care of their spouse until the end of life, but ultimately must make a very difficult decision to place a spouse in a long-term nursing facility when the caregiving needs become overwhelming or there is a change circumstances. Frequently, the “at-home” or “community” spouse comes to our office believing it is too late to .

Question:

What is the difference between a “living will” and a “durable power of attorney for health care?”  Do I need both and, if so, which is more important?

Answer:

It is important to know about “advance directives” and how they work. Advance directives are specific instructions about the type of future medical care you want, or do not want, if you become unable to make decisions for yourself.  These are documents you prepare and sign in .

Attorneys
Ann N. Butenhof, CELA
Judith L. Bomster, Esquire
Judith K. Jones, Esquire

Paralegals
Sonia Gianitsis
Renee Lubinski, EA

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› Caitlin M. Nelson – Receptionist
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