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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Article 81 Guardianship for Seniors with Dementia

By Burner Law Group, P.C. / December 21, 2019 / 0 Comments

An Article 81 Guardianship proceeding may be needed if a senior suffering from dementia did not engage in estate planning and no longer has the capacity to do so. It is important to note that just because someone is diagnosed with dementia does not automatically mean that they do not have the capacity to execute […]

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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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ABLE Act

By Burner Law Group, P.C. / October 17, 2019 / 0 Comments

In December 2014 the federal government passed a law known as the ABLE Act.  This law allows family members of a disabled person to create an account that is exempt from federal income tax to be used for certain “qualified expenses” related to the person’s disability.  This Act is created under the same provisions of […]

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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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Article 17A Guardianship

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

Question:  My daughter is 18 years old and is developmentally disabled.  She is unable to make medical decisions for herself and cannot handle her own finances.  A social worker suggested that I apply for an Article 17A Guardianship.  What is an Article 17A Guardianship and is this advisable? Answer: When your daughter turned 18, she […]

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Contested Guardianship

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

Question (About a Contested Guardianship): 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 […]

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When Parents Need Help

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

Question: A few years ago my mom was diagnosed with dementia and recently she is having trouble paying bills on time.  What is the best way for me to make sure the bills are paid? Answer: The best way for you to help mom would be for her obtain a power of attorney. Being diagnosed […]

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Do Not Disinherit a Disabled Child

By Burner Law Group, P.C. / June 20, 2019 / 0 Comments

Many families (erroneously) disinherit a disabled child, believing that this is in the child’s best interest and instead leave assets to other family members so that they can care for the disabled individual.  Even with the best of  intentions, circumstances may arise in their lives that could directly affect their ability to provide for a disabled […]

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How a Legal Guardian Can Help Prevent Elder Abuse

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

Question: 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, taking money from my aunt. When I asked my aunt about it she got angry.  What can I do to […]

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