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PLANNING FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Some 43 million Americans have one or more physical or mental disabilities.[1] This number is increasing as disabilities such as Autism and Alzheimer’s disease become more prevalent. Disabilities do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, or national origin. Some individuals with disabilities are wealthy, some are poor, many are middle class. An elder and disability law attorney with knowledge... 

THE PERILS OF SERVING AS TRUSTEE OF A SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST

Two recent New York cases and an unofficial conversation with an unnamed official at the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare show trustees the importance of understanding their duties as trustees and putting the beneficiary first.  The cases are on opposite ends of the spectrum.  The first case[1] involved a Special Needs Trust with J.P. Morgan Chase Bank and the beneficiary’s attorney serving... 

Aggravated Felony Domestic Violence arrest warrant issued for Buccaneer Mike Williams’ brother.

Another day, another criminal story about an NFL football player.  This time the Buc’s Mike Williams is allegedly the victim of a domestic violence dispute at his home.  There are multiple witnesses to the incident, but it allegedly involved horseplay between the two brothers.  Because of their relationship as brothers, the incident is categorized as “domestic”.  If they were... 

Three Lawsuits Allege Negligence in House Fire that Killed Nine

If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one due to unsafe premises or a defective product or equipment, you have the right to seek compensation for all damages and injuries that may have occurred. If you retain a lawyer to pursue litigation, you also have the right to seek lawsuit funding. Three lawsuits allege that a Charleston property owner failed to install, inspect, and maintain smoke... 

Lakeland DUI attorney Thomas C. Grajek attends national DUI seminar focusing on forensic evidence.

In order to insure that my clients receive the most aggressive defense to their DUI case, I recently attended a DUI seminar put on by the National College for DUI Defense in association with the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.  This seminar focused on all aspects of DUI defense, the latest case law regarding DUI arrests, and DUI blood cases.  Knowing the latest information and problems... 

State Releases Map for New 70 mph Highway Speed Limit

As of January 1, nearly 90 percent of Illinois’ interstate highway miles have 70 mph speed limits. However, in much of the Chicago area, the existing speed limits will not be changed, according to a map released by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). The sponsor of the law that raised speed limits said that Chicago-area limits should also be raised. On nearly 1,900 of almost 2,170... 

VA Benefits for Nursing Home Costs in Michigan

As a VA Accredited elder law attorney I help clients navigate the long-term care cost maze that many times includes finding ways to pay for nursing home costs.  Nursing homes in Michigan can easily run over $10,000 per month for your loved one.  If your loved one is a veteran or surviving spouse of a veteran there may be veterans benefits to help pay this cost of care. As one of the few Certified... 

Leave the Phone on the Dash

No message is important enough to merit texting while driving. Ask the financial advisor who survived a wreck when a texting driver collided with him at 55 mph. The teen was telling his father that he was on the way home from church. The man’s family and passengers were able to walk away from the wreck, but he was not so lucky. He sustained two broken hips, a broken nose, a collapsed lung, a dislocated... 

The Arc Reacts to Startling New Bureau of Justice Statistics on Crimes against People with Cognitive and Other Disabilities

The Special Needs Alliance and The Arc collaborate on issues of mutual interest. The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) recently released a report on Crime Against Persons with Disabilities,... 

New Headlight Technologies May Help Prevent Car Accidents

Advances in headlight technology may help make cars safer and reduce the number of auto accidents worldwide. The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) is evaluating these technologies through its Transportation Lighting and Safety program, which examines approaches to driving safely at night. There is a greater risk for car accidents at night than there is during... 
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