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Dec
02
2015

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from everyone at Fitzwater Meyer Hollis & Marmion, LLP. We hope your holidays will be filled with joy and laughter through the New Year.

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Oct
21
2015

Credit Card Care for People with Special Needs

A special needs trust is designed to supplement the income of an individual with special needs so that she can maintain access to government benefits without necessarily sacrificing her standard of living. But government benefits like Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid prohibit the trustee of a special needs trust from simply giving a beneficiary cash to pay for goods and services herself. Instead, a trustee must pay vendors directly.

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Sep
16
2015

Federal Website Expands Disability Information

The federal government has a vast storehouse of information on disability programs and services, but up until now it’s been a challenge to find what you’re looking for. Things just got a lot easier now that Disability.gov, the federal government`s portal for all things related to disabilities, has issued 14 guides that point people with disabilities and their family members towards an array of government benefits and programs. Visitors can quickly pinpoint information on how to apply for disability benefits, find a job, get health care, pay for accessible housing, and much more.

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Sep
08
2015

Special Needs Planning Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Unlike some areas of law like "employment discrimination law" or "patent law," special needs planning does not focus on one specific legal principle or topic. Instead, it encompasses a broad array of subjects that people with special needs and their families encounter, from estate planning to government benefits to guardianship to advocacy.

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Sep
07
2015

Legislation Attempts to Strengthen Mental Health System

Senators Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) recently introduced legislation that would fund pilot programs for treating mental illness, encourage collaboration between federal agencies dealing with mental health issues and strengthen enforcement of mental health parity rules. The bill, which resembles a House bill introduced in the previous Congress, has been endorsed by a variety of organizations that assist people with mental illness, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the American Psychological Association.

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Aug
10
2015

A Holistic View on Estate Planning:Communicating Your Wishes to Your Family

Melanie Marmion will be speaking at the Death:OK (Let’s Talk About It) Event. This will be taking place October 17, 2015 on the campus of Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

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Jul
13
2015

What to Do When Your Child Turns 18

The financial planning steps a family takes when their child turns 18 establish the foundation for the child`s support and well-being for the rest of the child’s life. If parents make the wrong decisions during this transition, the effects of those errors could affect the child far into the future, often when the parents are no longer there to care for the child. Therefore, it is essential that parents take extra care when planning for this crucial juncture.

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Jul
13
2015

Bill That Would Remove a Barrier to Creating Special Needs Trusts

The Special Needs Trust Fairness Act, federal legislation that would allow people with disabilities to create their own special needs trusts instead of having to rely on others, has cleared a key Senate hurdle.

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Jul
10
2015

How Do an Estate`s Debts Get Paid?

A personal representative or executor is the person responsible for managing the administration of a deceased person`s estate. One of the executor`s main jobs is to pay people or institutions to whom the estate owes money -- the estate`s creditors.

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Jul
10
2015

Use This Form to Avoid Loved Ones Being Denied Medical Information

If you are in the hospital, the last thing you want is for a family member or a trusted friend to be denied information about your condition or prognosis. But this could happen if you haven’t already given authorization about who can receive details of your medical condition.

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