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February 2019 Archives

Special considerations for your estate plan

Creating an estate plan gives your loved ones something to follow when you pass away. You can set this up in a way that clearly conveys what you want and makes it easy for them to understand. There are several components that you should consider when you are trying to put this together.

Planning and paying for elder care in Georgia

As Georgians age, one of their most pressing concerns is paying for their daily care. The state and federal governments have several programs that provide these services at reduced costs. Understanding the fundamental aspects of these plans can assist people in planning for themselves or their parents. The summary that follows is intended to provide an overview of some of the more important options. Expert assistance may be required to make a final choice.

Obtaining SSI benefits for disabled children

Many disabled adults in Georgia receive financial assistance under the Social Security Disability Insurance benefits program. Many Georgians wonder whether similar benefits are available for children who are disabled from birth or at a very young age. The technical answer is "no" because SSDI benefits are not paid to children. Nevertheless, children can receive benefits under the Supplemental Security Income program which, for all practical purposes, is the same as SSDI benefits.

Resolving disputes for children with special education needs

The state of Georgia and the federal government have adopted numerous programs to help children with special education needs. These programs can be very complex; both parents and administrators are often left wondering about the correct solution. Occasionally, these differences lead to genuine good faith disputes between parents and administrators. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act has established a dispute resolution process that is intended to protect the rights of the child and ensure that the law is followed.

Governor adds funds to help elderly remain in their homes

Elderly Georgians received some good news from Gov. Brian Kemp in the form of increased appropriations for citizens who want to remain in their homes rather than moving into a nursing home or other institution. According to preliminary estimates, the funding could allow an additional 1,000 Georgians to remain in their homes.

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