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Tampa Bay Special Needs Lawyers: Critical Choices for Your Child’s Special Needs Trust

If you are a parent of a child with special needs, you face a whole range of challenges that you probably didn’t expect. One of the unique issues our Tampa Bay Special Needs Lawyers realize that you face is planning for your child’s future as an adult… and perhaps a future that doesn’t include you. Unlike other parents, you need to get a solid
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Special Olympics Florida – More Than Just Sports

Special Olympics Florida – More Than Just Sports  by Laurie Ohall  I had the pleasure of sitting down with Allison Rapp, Site Director, and Cydnee Dennison, Community Outreach Manager, of Special Olympics Florida, to discuss the services they offer to Hillsborough County residents.  When you think of Special Olympics in Florida, you probably think of kids running the 50 yard dash, or playing in
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Three Ways To Physically and Financially Protect your Special Needs Child

At some point in their life, every parent of a special needs child wonders, “What will happen to my child when I am gone” and “How will my child be provided for financially in my absence.”  For parents of special needs children, it is especially important to create an effective plan for your child so that you can have peace of mind knowing that
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When an Autistic Child Turns 18

Many parents of special needs children, including those with Autism, are shocked to find out, when their child turns 18, that they do not have the authority to act on their behalf anymore.  Although many school districts are getting better at educating parents, it can still come as a surprise that the parent does not have the right to participate in their autistic child’s
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Are You a Veteran with a Special Needs Child?

Are you a veteran with a special needs child? Did you know that the Department of Defense recently implemented the Military Child Protection Act? This allows military members and retirees to elect to have their pension annuity or the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) paid to a special needs trust for the benefit of a child who is “disabled” pursuant to Social Security’s definition. This
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Colleges Resources for Students with Disabilities

Most people dream about going to college and having the opportunity to grow, both personally and professionally, through their higher education.   College is all about pushing yourself to be better and exceed your potential.  For those students with disabilities, whether they be physical or cognitive, everyday life already provides a unique set of challenges.  Higher education does not have to contribute to those
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World Down Syndrome Day is March 21, 2016

Did you know that March 21st is the 11th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day?  It is a day when friends from all over the world have activities and events to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities. I am so
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Guardian Advocacy for Disabled Adult Children

I receive many questions on a weekly basis about different issues facing parents of disabled adult children.  One common question is about filing for guardianship over the disabled child after they have turned age 18.  Did you know that, after a child turns 18, parents lose their rights to speak for that child, and to make financial and health care decisions?  This can be
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Protecting Children With Special Needs

The Florida legislature this year actually managed to pass some meaningful legislation protecting children with special needs.  One such law was the Regis Little Act which is designed to protect children in foster care who have special needs and are aging out of the system.  Governor Scott signed this act into law on June 10, 2015.  The act came into being because of Regis
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NAELA Annual Conference on Elder and Special Needs Law

Tampa, Florida — Laurie Ohall of The Law Offices of Laurie E. Ohall, P.A. in Brandon attended the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys NAELA Annual Conference on Elder and Special Needs Law held from May 14-16, 2015, in Orlando, Fla. NAELA members and speakers have helped define this area of law and at this year’s Annual Conference, attendees from across the country participated
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