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Special Programs for Special Needs

  Earlier this year, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) announced an alarming statistic regarding the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), stating that is now affects 1 in 68 children (a 30% increase from 1 … [Read more...]

Financial Security for a Special Needs Child

Q. Our 11-year-old son, Nathan, has autism and will likely need care for the rest of his life. This has put quite an emotional and financial strain on my husband and me. My parents, who are wealthy, are willing to help, but we've … [Read more...]

Ask the Expert- Why is Autism So Common Now?

Q. My ten year old son, Cole, was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) when he was six. He is in a class of 20 children and there are two other boys and a girl who also have an ASD, all ranging in severity. These … [Read more...]

Latest Numbers: Muscular Dystrophy Funds Raised

As you may know, the Farr Law Firm is participating in the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Muscle Walk, taking place at George Mason University on April 2 2011. We are making progress! But we have a long way to go.  You can … [Read more...]

Please Help Us Support The Muscular Dystrophy Association

UPDATE: The Farr Law Firm would like to extend a special thanks on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association to our first two donors! Thank You Ana A. and Mark R! We still have a long way to go, as you can see from our … [Read more...]

A Mixed Bag in Virginia: Federal Law Prohibits 2011 Social Security Increases, but Federal Agency Grants Millions to Disadvantaged Groups

As Halloween approaches this year, I can't help but draw an analogy between the nights I spent meandering my neighborhood as a kid looking for handouts, and our current economic times.  I recall my grade-school friends and I … [Read more...]

Funding a Special Needs Trust: How Much is Enough?

As a parent or guardian, you want to ensure that your child with special needs will remain financially secure even when you are no longer there to provide support. Given the significant, ongoing expenses involved in your child’s … [Read more...]

IRA Distributions to Third-Party Special Needs Trusts: Avoiding the ‘Five-Year Rule’

For many parents, the majority of their savings is held in some kind of a retirement account, often an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). At age 70 ½, an IRA account holder faces the Required Beginning Date, when he or she must … [Read more...]

What Expenses Can’t a Special Needs Trust Pay For?

Special needs trusts are designed to supplement, not replace, the kind of basic support provided by government programs like Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Special needs trusts pay for comforts and luxuries -- … [Read more...]

Law Brightens the Employment Picture for Those with Special Needs

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability has found that only 26 percent of working-age adults with disabilities are employed either in a job or their own businesses. While a combination of federal initiatives, … [Read more...]