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: Can Special Needs Trusts Reimburse Family Members for Travel Expenses?
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.
Families of people with special needs often face unusually high travel expenses. Family members may be able to be reimbursed for these expenses from a special needs trust, depending on the type of trust.
The amount that can be deposited in an ABLE account each year without jeopardizing public benefits will rise from the current $14,000 to $15,000 starting in 2018.
Next year, recipients of SSDI, SSI or other Social Security programs will see a 2 percent raise in benefits, the largest increase in six years. But how did the Social Security Administration (SSA) arrive at this number?
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.