Special Needs

Differently Abled Person Tax Exemption

By Burner Law Group, P.C. / February 7, 2020 / 0 Comments

While the beginning of the year is typically tax season, it is important to remember that property tax exemptions can be applied for at this time. There are different programs that homeowners should be aware of in order to potentially save with respect to property taxes. Most individuals are familiar with the STAR program which […]

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Planning for a Family Member with Special Needs

By Burner Law Group, P.C. / November 30, 2019 / 0 Comments

Caring for a loved one with special needs during your life may be one of the most important jobs you have, but it is equally important to continue to care for your loved after you are gone.  Since so many disabled individuals receive some kind of government benefits, it is imperative to ensure that these […]

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Planning for a Family Member with Special Needs

By Burner Law Group, P.C. / November 29, 2019 / 0 Comments

Planning for a Family Member with Special Needs Caring for a loved one with special needs during your life may be one of the most important jobs you have, but many do not realize the importance of planning for that same person for after you are gone. Since so many disabled individuals receive some kind […]

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Estate Planning and Supplemental Needs Trust

By Burner Law Group, P.C. / August 12, 2019 / 0 Comments

When planning for the differently-abled, the use of Supplemental Needs Trusts as part of your estate planning will ensure that you have provided protections for those with special needs and disabilities. When considering your estate planning it is important to consider any beneficiaries who may have special needs or disabilities. Receiving an outright inheritance could […]

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Contested Guardianship

By Burner Law Group, P.C. / July 10, 2019 / 0 Comments

Question: I received Court papers that say that my brother is trying to take control of my mother’s finances and make medical decisions for her. I have been taking care of my mother for years and my brother is estranged from me and my mother. What should I do? Answer: It appears that your brother […]

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Guardianship

By Burner Law Group, P.C. / May 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

Q: I have an elderly aunt.  I’m embarrassed to say that I only visit once every few months.  I recently learned that she has a caretaker that has moved into her house and I suspect she is taking money from my aunt. When I asked my aunt about it she got angry.  What can I […]

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Guardianship Options

By Burner Law Group, P.C. / February 27, 2019 / 0 Comments

Q: I have a daughter that is 18 years old and has Autism. I know that I need to become her guardian to make decisions for her, but I am not sure about the options.  Can you explain them to me? A: In New York State, when a person turns eighteen, they are presumed to […]

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Guardianship Article 17-A vs. Article 81

By Burner Law Group, P.C. / February 22, 2019 / 0 Comments

In New York State, when a person turns eighteen, they are presumed to be legally competent to make decision for themselves. However, if a person is intellectually disabled or developmentally disabled, as defined by Article 17-A (“Article 17-A”) of the Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act, a parent or concerned relative can ask the Surrogate’s Court to […]

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Guardianship

By Burner Law Group, P.C. / August 31, 2018 / 0 Comments

Q: If my mother becomes ill and unable to take care of her own affairs, how can I make sure my mom is properly taken care of and her bills are paid?  Will I need to become her guardian?   A: A Guardianship is a type of court proceeding in which one can be appointed […]

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First Party Supplemental Needs Trusts

By Burner Law Group, P.C. / June 11, 2018 / 0 Comments

Q: I am 50 years old and a recent injury has left me in a wheel chair permanently.  I need help with certain daily tasks such as bathing and getting dressed.  I am not working but I am receiving payments from my disability insurance.  I know community Medicaid will pay for my care if I […]

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