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Each month, the Law Offices of Linnea J. Levine PC will provide the latest Elder Law News for your consumption. Our hope is to keep you informed on any and all relevant information at our disposal. This month’s topic: SSA Gives Guidance on the Use of Prepaid Debit Cards by Special Needs Trust Beneficiaries

Linnea celebrates her 25th year assisting families in the practice areas of Elder Law, Special Needs Planning and Estate Planning to preserve their assets and to obtain quality care and eligibility to receive public benefits.

SSA Gives Guidance on the Use of Prepaid Debit Cards by Special Needs Trust Beneficiaries

Administrator-managed prepaid debit cards offer beneficiaries of special needs trusts greater independence, but up till now such cards existed in a regulatory gray area.

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New Rules for Appeals of Private Disability Insurance Claims Go Into Effect

Under new Department of Labor regulations that go into effect April 2, workers filing for private disability benefits should have a more transparent and fairer appeals process.

SNT Is Created in Excessive Force Settlement Between Man With Schizophrenia and Police

In an underreported case involving police violence, the state of California has agreed to pay nearly $1 million to a man with schizophrenia. The money will be placed in a special needs trust (SNT).

Since 1998 Linnea qualified and has maintained her qualifications for the designation of Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) awarded by the National Elder Law Foundation, approved by the American Bar Association. (The Rules Committee of the Connecticut Superior Court currently does not recognize Elder Law as a concentrated area of practice). She has repeatedly been named as a Super Lawyer in Elder Law for the New England Region. Linnea was named “Most Valuable Member for 2014” by the Connecticut Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.