Among its many other provisions, the newly enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act offers significant tax savings for people forced to default on their student loan debt due to a disability. Generally, it is almost impossible to have student loan debt forgiven. It is not even dischargeable in bankruptcy. In fact, the Higher Education Act provides for…

There are two issues many people prefer to avoid thinking about: death and debt. Unfortunately, both of these seems to be inevitable. Student loan debt is a part of life nowadays, particular for students obtaining advanced or professional degrees. As of 2017, the total national student debt is now over $1.4 trillion with college students…

The Quiet Fight for Better Lives – Individuals working to give adults with disabilities as brighter future. Adults with disabilities struggle to find opportunities for a meaningful life. Thankfully, there are people in our community who have devoted their lives to helping adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities find opportunities, fulfillment and most importantly, hope….

Families taking advantage of ABLE savings accounts will have a little more flexibility in planning for special needs as a result of the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law by President Trump on December 22, 2017. As we previously discussed, ABLE accounts, created by Congress via the passage of the Achieving a…

The new tax legislation raises the federal estate tax exemption to $11.2 million for individuals and $22.4 million for couples. The increase means that an exceedingly small number of estates (only about 1,800, nationally) will have to worry about federal estate taxes in 2018, according to estimates from the nonpartisan congressional Joint Committee on Taxation….

Tresi Weeks, founder of Weeks Law Firm is a very well recognized and respected attorney in Dallas Fort Worth Area. She is very passionate about helping special needs families and has been a strong advocate for the cause for many years. She serves on the board of several disability organizations including Disability Rights Texas, the…

New to Texas?  …And Other Life Events That Require And Immediate Estate Plan Update   According to the Dallas Morning News, “job relocations by huge companies including Toyota, Liberty Mutual Insurance, JPMorgan Chase, FedEx and Boeing have made Plano the envy of the country.”  Business is booming, and people are moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth…

Is There a Difference Between “Supplemental” and “Special” Needs Trusts? Have you heard the terms “special” needs trust and “supplemental” needs trust and wondered what the difference is? The short answer is that there’s no difference. Here’s the long answer: When the field of special needs planning began more than two decades ago, trusts created…

I get it – it runs counter-intuitive in so many ways: why on earth does my child need a Medical Power of Attorney?  He/she has me – I’m the parent!  Even though they still may be under our care in many ways, the law says that they are now fully autonomous; the only rights we…

We know it’s hard. Thinking about someone else raising your children stops us all in our tracks. It feels crushing and too horrific to consider. But you must. If you don’t, a stranger will determine who raises your children if something happens to you–your child’s guardian could be a relative you despise or even a…

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