Why your special needs trust should be drafted by a special needs lawyer

Special needs trusts (also called supplemental needs trusts, supplemental benefits trusts, and SNTs) are used to set aside money for a disabled person to supplement rather than supplant government disability programs like Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (also called SSI). Many attorneys create special needs trusts, but not all lawyers … Continue reading

What does Medicaid Reform mean for You?

The United States is rethinking how it pays for healthcare. There has been a lot of public discussion about the fate of the Affordable Care Act – whether it will be repealed, and if so, what its replacement (if any) will look like.  There has been less discussion about something … Continue reading

Will our Future Caregivers be Robots?

America has an aging population. As the baby boomer generation grows older (and wiser) and lifespans continue to increase, more and more people are going to need long term care. Today, long term care is invariably provided by humans – by family members, home health aides, and staff at nursing … Continue reading

What you Can and Cannot Do with a Qualified Income Trust

People who seek New Jersey Medicaid for long term care (in a nursing home, assisted living facility or with home health aides) are often told they should use a Qualified Income Trust (QIT, aka Miller Trust). However, I’ve heard a lot of misconceptions lately about what a QIT is, and … Continue reading

Lawrence Friedman Receives Distinguished Legislative Service Award

The New Jersey State Bar Association has awarded attorney Lawrence A. Friedman its 2016 Distinguished Legislative Service Award for helping to enact the Uniform Trust Code (“UTC”) in New Jersey.  The Distinguished Legislative Service Award is the Bar Association’s highest honor for noteworthy legislative service while the UTC codifies over … Continue reading

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