New Guidelines for Special Education Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

The US Department of Education is providing details about how states, schools, and parents can best address student special education needs following the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Students with special needs are provided Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), which requires tailoring to meet individual disability needs. The program’s goal is to give children …

A Will Does Much More than Transfer Your Assets – Patrick J. Kelleher, Esq. ELDERLAWCARE.COM

Care.com’s annual estate planning survey for 2019 found that 57% of U.S. adults do not have a Last Will & Testament (a “Will”). The survey found that participants were more likely or less likely to have a Will depending on issues such as age, race, and education. For example, when broken down generationally, 66% of people aged …

Beneficiary Designations: Pitfalls You May Not Know About – Patrick J. Kelleher, Esq.

You might think that leaving your property to your heirs would be simple enough. You make a will or a trust, you do a transfer-on-death deed for your real estate, you put your kids on your bank account, you designate beneficiaries for your life insurance and retirement accounts, and you’re done. If only things were …

The Danger of Adding Kids to Bank Accounts – Patrick J. Kelleher, Esq.

I want to leave my bank accounts to my children when I’m gone. Can’t I just make the children joint owners? That idea sounds better than it actually is. Yes, you would avoid court proceedings when you pass. But you’d put yourself at risk, at a time when you might need your money yourself. Your …

Does the Probate Attorney Represent the Executor or Estate Heirs? – Patrick J. Kelleher, Esq. ELDERLAWCARE.COM

Whether you are the Executor or an heir of the probate estate, knowing the lawyer’s role is one of the first steps you should take at the beginning of the probate process. One of the biggest sources of conflict in probating the estate is understanding the role of the lawyer hired by the Executor of …

Elder Law Attorneys Benefit Seniors and their Family – Patrick J. Kelleher, Esq. ELDERLAWCARE.COM

An elder law attorney or certified elder law attorney (CELA) specializes as a legal advocate for aging adults and their loved ones. Elder law encompasses a wide range of legal matters affecting an older or disabled person. Issues related to guardianship, retirement, health care including advance directives, long term care planning, Social Security, Medicare and …

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