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Plan Your Estate to Benefit Your Loved Ones– Not the Taxman


[The following article is by guest blogger Julie Donald, a freelance writer with a strong background is finance.  Julie obviously knows her stuff and FriedmanLaw/SpecialNeedsNJ.com are proud to feature her work.] While we’ve come a long way since The Beatles sang about the 95% tax rate England then charged certain high earners, Estate tax planning still is an … Continue reading


Social Security Amends POMS Governing Special/Supplemental Needs Trust Expenditures


People with serious disabilities often qualify for government benefits like Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid that limit eligibility based on finances.  Thus personal injury recoveries attributable to a disabled person often are placed in trust to minimize benefit reduction.  However, federal and state law provide that trusts containing assets … Continue reading


Lawrence A. Friedman’s Special Needs Article is Featured in Law School Textbook


“Special Needs Estate Planning” has been included in the new law school textbook Teaching Materials on Estate Planning by Gerry Beyer, Professor of Law at Texas Tech University School of Law. Originally written by attorney Lawrence A. Friedman for N.J. Lawyer magazine, the article explains how to plan your estate … Continue reading


New Rules Condition Division of Developmental Disabilities Housing Aid on Qualifying for CCW Medicaid


People with severe, chronic disabilities that are manifest by age 22 and substantially limit at least three kinds of major life activities are developmentally disabled and potentially eligible for services from the New Jersey Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities (“DDD”). For many families, the most important DDD … Continue reading


Signing a Care Facility Contract Without Counsel Costs Wife Big Bucks


While it always is dangerous to sign any contract without first consulting a lawyer, it is especially risky to sign papers provided by a nursing home, assisted living facility, or other care center upon a loved one’s admission.  First, you likely will be under substantial stress and not in a frame of … Continue reading


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