Regardless of disability, every person is considered a competent adult when they turn 18.
Many people with disabilities rely on government benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid.
We assist clients in Nassau and Suffolk County, NY as well as the surrounding areas.
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Students with special needs often have different educational needs than their typical peers.
The rate of divorce among parents of children with disabilities is extraordinarily high.
Our attorneys offer a wide variety of life-planning services for special needs individuals and their families.
Saundra M. Gumerove & Associates provides a wide range of legal services to assist individuals and families with special needs. Proper planning is essential when you have a loved one who cannot fully care for themselves. Attorney Sandy is a uniquely qualified and experienced family lawyer dealing with special needs and disability-related matters such as guardianship, estate planning, special education, and more.
She helps families in Nassau County, NY, Suffolk County, NY, and the Queens County, NY, area plan for the many challenges they may face in providing care and support for their minor and adult children with disabilities. Contact our office today if you need a guardianship attorney to create a special needs trust, establish legal guardianship, or assist with life counseling for a loved one with special needs. Learn more about our services and receive a free consultation with Attorney Sandy; call (516) 822-3397 or fill out our online contact form now.
Caring for a developmentally disabled loved one presents many challenges both during and after your lifetime. How can you ensure the care and quality of life of your child after you are gone? Many parents, grandparents, and siblings of people with developmental disabilities have fears about their loved one’s financial future. The attorneys in our office offer personalized estate planning services, preparing wills, trusts, and advanced directives, to help families with special needs feel confident that their loved ones will receive the proper care and financial support when they can no longer provide it themselves.
Our estate attorneys can assist you with:
One of the goals Sandy helps families achieve is leaving their children an inheritance without disqualifying them from receiving public benefits like SSI and Medicare. This can be done via a Special Needs Trust, also known as a Supplemental Needs Trust. This legal arrangement allows you to appoint a trustee to hold your assets and distribute them to your beneficiary according to your specific wishes. It does this without affecting your beneficiary’s eligibility to receive public benefits, which a standard cash inheritance may. Want to learn more? Please contact our family lawyer in Nassau County, NY, today.
Saundra has been recognized countless times for her community service and achievements. She is a sought-after speaker on legal matters and special needs issues. She has participated in Continuing Legal Education programs for the New York State Bar Association, Nassau County Bar Association, Suffolk County Bar Association, and the Academy of Special Needs Planners. She has also presented seminars for parents of children with disabilities for Nassau-AHRC, the Developmental Disabilities Institute, and Life’s WORC, where she is an advisor to its Pooled Supplemental Needs Pooled Trust.
Regardless of disability, every person is considered a competent adult when they turn 18. If an adult with special needs cannot properly manage their own affairs, a family member or friend can apply to become that person’s legal guardian. A legal guardian assists disabled adults with decision-making regarding their personal, financial, and legal affairs to ensure that their rights, interests, and desires are met and protected. Attorney Sandy assists clients in Nassau County, NY, Suffolk County, NY, and the Queens County, NY, area with applying for guardianship for special needs adults. She has extensive experience working with the families of those with developmental disabilities and mental health issues who require lifelong assistance of some kind. Contact our firm today to find out what you can do to protect your loved one’s future. Call (516) 822-3397 or fill out our online contact form.
To apply for guardianship for a special needs adult, you must file an Article 17A Guardianship Petition with the Surrogate’sCourt. This petition is reserved specifically for appointing a guardian for a person who is intellectually or developmentally disabled.
Our firm can assist you with your application and ensure that your unique needs are met. We also provide a wide range of other legal services for individuals and families with special needs; contact us today to schedule your appointment.
Many people with disabilities rely on government benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. To qualify for these benefits, there are certain financial limitations. Leaving behind money or property to a loved one with a disability may disqualify them from receiving the benefits they rely on. A Special Needs Trust allows you to set aside money to provide for the future of an individual with special needs without affecting their eligibility to receive public benefits. Attorney Sandy is a compassionate and experienced lawyer who can help you establish a trust that meets your family’s unique needs. Contact our firm today to learn more about our services. We assist clients with special needs trusts in Nassau County, NY, Suffolk County, NY, and Queens County, NY.
We can help you assess your needs and goals to determine what type of trust best suits your situation. Besides an inheritance, a trust can be used to hold funds acquired in a personal injury settlement or any other sum of money that would disqualify that person from receiving government benefits.
In general, estate planning refers to the preparation of legal documents and arrangements that determine how one’s assets will be distributed upon their death. Attorney Sandy’s estate planning attorneys provide services geared specifically toward families with special needs children, who often face a unique set of financial challenges. If you want to provide for a disabled loved one after you die, you need to take special considerations and preparations. Talk to our estate attorney. Work with our firm to develop a personalized and effective strategy for passing down your wealth and providing for your loved one’s future. We assist clients in Nassau County, NY, Suffolk County, NY, and Queens County, NY, with estate trusts.
Estate planning is particularly important for the protection of a family member with special needs. Persons with special needs are limited in the amount of income and assets they may have to maintain their government benefits. There are a variety of different methods that can be used to help provide for this family member:
We help you to address the many challenges of providing for the future of your family member with special needs. Contact us today to see how we can help you create an estate plan that can provide for your family.
The information contained on this website is presented for informational and marketing purposes only and is not to be understood as legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice respecting your individual needs. Saundra M.Gumerove & Associates looks forward to speaking with you about your particular needs. Please note, however, that the mere act of contacting our firm does not create an attorney-client relationship. As a result, you should never send any confidential information to our office until a Representation Agreement has been signed by both you and Saundra M.Gumerove & Associates.