Congress Weighs Expanding ABLE Act
As new accounts allowing people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their government benefits become increasingly available, Congress is considering changes to the program.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives introduced a package of bills this month to modify the Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act.
The 2014 legislation created a first-of-its-kind savings vehicle for people with disabilities, offering the ability to accrue up to $100,000 without sacrificing Social Security and other government benefits. Medicaid eligibility is not affected by any level of funds saved in the accounts.
With three new proposals, lawmakers are looking to make ABLE accounts more available and more flexible.
The legislative package includes one bill that would incentivize work by allowing individuals with disabilities who are employed to save extra money. ABLE accounts are limited to $14,000 in annual deposits, but under the proposal, those who are working could save an additional amount equal to the federal poverty level, currently $11,770.
Boyarin, Greenwald, and Wesler Selected to New Jersey Family Magazine’s 2017 Best Lawyers for Families
April 18, 2017 – Cranbury, NJ – Special Education Law Firm Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler (SGW) is pleased to announce that three of their attorneys have been selected to New Jersey Family Magazine’s 2017 Best Lawyers for Families in New Jersey. Firm partners Staci J. Greenwald. Esq. and Jayne M. Wesler, Esq. were both featured in the April print and online editions of the magazine, along with Lenore Boyarin, Esq. who is Of Counsel to the firm.
New Jersey Family readers were asked to nominate attorneys who go above and beyond in all that they do, and were surveyed between January and February 2017.
“New Jersey Family is a trusted source in the Garden State, so we are delighted that their readers submitted such heartfelt nominations,” says SGW partner Staci J. Greenwald, Esq. “We feel honored that parents statewide appreciate and support the work that we do to advocate for the rights of children with special needs, as well as helping to protect their family’s financial futures through our Estate Planning Division.”
All of the attorneys at SGW have helped set legal precedent in the New Jersey and Federal Courts. “We are proud of what we do, and the results that we’ve been able to achieve,” says Ms. Greenwald.
For more information, contact Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler, 1249 South River Road, Suite 104, Cranbury, NJ 08512 at (609) 409-3500 or visit www.special-ed-law.com.
Children With Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities
As a parent, it is sometimes hard to face the reality that your child has a learning disability. Maybe you have seen early signs (e.g., having a hard time recalling the names of shapes and colors), but simply chalked them up as the quirks of a developing pre-kindergartner.
However, once the child lags behind any of his kindergarten peers in learning his ABC's, and when first and second grades become a struggle, you wonder if your child has learning differences. You or other family members might recognize the signs because learning disabilities are hereditary, and often a relative has experienced the same or similar struggles when he or she was in first grade. However, what is a parent to do in this situation?
Thanks to the New Jersey Administrative Code for special education (N.J.A.C. 6A:14) and the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004), as well as Decoding Dyslexia NJ, who helped formulate a lot of the guidelines and laws, parents of children with a learning disability have extensive rights.