Every October, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) commemorates Special Needs Month to expand awareness of special needs planning and the rights of those with disabilities and their families.
Benzinga published a press release, titled “NAELA Celebrates National Special Needs Law Month in October,” which discusses special needs planning, which involves special needs trusts, care management, advocacy to preserve educational or civil rights, public benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid, along with a variety of other important issues.
Special Needs Law is a specialized practice of law that involves representing, counseling, and assisting people with disabilities and their families. This involves a number of legal issues, such as disability planning and mental health. These attorneys focus on promoting the highest quality of life for the individuals impacted. Special Needs Law attorneys usually look at their clients’ situation from a holistic viewpoint and discuss legal, medical, financial, social, and family issues.
In October, NAELA member attorneys will focus on helping those with special needs by identifying resources and implementing comprehensive plans. Many NAELA members will be celebrating National Special Needs Law Month with activities in their communities. They’ll be covering areas such as the following:
- Financing long-term care;
- Care management;
- Durable powers of attorney;
- Guardianship and conservatorship;
- Planning for health care decision-making;
- Special needs trusts; and
- Social Security Income rules.
Reference: Benzinga (September 30, 2016) “NAELA Celebrates National Special Needs Law Month in October”