💟 Happy February!
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In February, we celebrate Heart Month with Valentine's Day...the Clancy & Associates team has a lot of love to share with our clients and friends! We are grateful for the meaningful relationships we've developed over the past 20 years of serving the special needs community.

This year we've decided to show our love for our client Special Olympians by participating in the Chicago Polar Plunge in just a few weeks! We're shivering just thinking about it, but know we are freezin' for a reason!

Clancy & Associates Ltd. is Illinois' only full-service special needs planning law firm dedicated to supporting individuals with special needs and their families. Our mission is to help families protect and empower their loved ones with a disability through streamlined, comprehensive planning. We use our innovative full-service approach to both identify opportunities and secure solutions and benefits for our clients at our Firm. We “keep watch” for families so they can attend to the daily priorities of their loved one’s life and leave the legal planning to us.
💬 Around the Office...
Big News! Clancy & "ICE-sociates" is doing the Polar Plunge in Chicago on March 6th and would love your support! We are a part of Team Eileen-In, led by a very charismatic young athlete named Eileen.

This body-numbing experience raises money for Special Olympics Chicago - a fantastic organization that provides sporting events for people with intellectual disabilities. Please sponsor us and the many Olympians 🏅 we serve at Clancy & Associates. We are plunging for both personal and professional reasons!

Please take a moment to visit our fundraising page and learn why my family and the Clancy & ICEsociates support this incredible organization!

❄️ It's easy to donate to our fundraising page...

Thank you for your support!
😊 Exciting Announcement...
We are a proud Premier Sponsor of City of Support!

City of Support helps families who have children in therapy, (regardless of diagnosis) to ensure they have access to a supportive community that empowers them with resources and celebrates their journey. Their mission is to create a dynamic community, both online and in person, that supports all families navigating the needs of their child in therapy.

View helpful resources they share with the community: https://cityofsupport.org/helpful-resources

Legal News
While there is no such thing as a "typical" divorce, a divorcing couple that has a child with special needs faces an even more complicated series of decisions and choices than most. In these cases, it is important to meet with a special needs planner to discuss options for your child. Read more here.
We have some good news! The maximum amount that can be contributed each year to an ABLE account for a person with disabilities rose $1,000 to $16,000 on January 1, 2022.
After being off-limits to most members of the public since March 2020, Social Security Administration (SSA) offices are set to reopen on March 30, 2022, barring an unexpected snag in negotiations with unions representing agency workers or a major change in the pandemic’s course. Read the article.
👋 Client Spotlight

“We put off establishing a Special Needs Trust for our son, because we were sure it would be very difficult and overwhelming. However, Katie's team guided us all the way through it in a professional and caring manner. She was also very helpful creating our Estate Plan. We thank you, Katie, and highly recommend your expertise and legal knowledge.”
- Ken and Kathy D.

What is the best way to show your love for the Clancy & Associates team this Valentine's Day? Write us a short testimonial!

Sharing your story will help others in our community get the assistance they need. Click this link or the button below to email us a few lines about your experience, how we helped you, and what impressed you about our team. We'd love to add it to our website (we'll use only your first name to protect your privacy). Thank you SO much!

📢 Upcoming Events
Saturdays in February at 8:30 AM

City of Support (a.k.a. Children in Therapy and You) is hosting virtual Valentine's celebrations - all month long! Participate in these free, interactive classes from the comfort of your own home. They are hosting family-fun classes every Saturday morning in February via Zoom or their Facebook Group livestream!

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Join GiGi's Playhouse on Saturday, February 26, for the return of their National “I have a voice” Gala! This fun event includes celebrity guest appearances, stellar entertainment and one-of-a-kind auction opportunities.

GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center’s mission is to change the way the world views Down syndrome through national campaigns, educational programs, and by empowering individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community. They offer free therapeutic and educational programming to individuals with Down syndrome and their families. 

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Because Illinois has an abundance of autism programs and resources, researching and connecting with programs relevant to you and your loved ones can be a time-consuming task. At the Autism & Special Needs Expo, you can quickly connect with service providers through an innovative, virtual platform.

This resource fair is presented by Chicago Autism Network & The Answer Inc, as part of our commitment to help local families connect with life-changing services and supports.

Be sure to check out our Events Page regularly for more events.
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