Social Security Disability &
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 Sheri R. Abrams, Attorney at Law
In This Issue:
Questions to Ask When Hiring a Special Needs Planning Attorney
Scammers Make Fake Social Security Calls!
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Sheri R. Abrams
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Issue: #117

 December 2018

Happy Holidays! However you choose to spend this time, I'd like to wish you a joyous holiday season and a very Happy New Year.
My son and I will be heading to New Jersey over the winter break to spend time with my parents and my sister's family. We haven't spent New Year's up north in YEARS, so we are very excited to ring in 2019 with our family.
As you set your goals and intentions for 2019, don't forget to add estate planning and special needs planning to your list of resolutions. The start of a New Year is a great time to get your affairs organized and in order, while making sure you have plans in place to protect your family and assets, no matter what life throws your way.
Maybe for you, that starts with finding an attorney who you feel comfortable developing a long-term relationship with, who will be there to guide your family through all of life's transitions. The article below offers some tips for narrowing down the best advisors to meet your needs, as well as questions to ask any Special Needs Planning Attorney to ensure you are making the right choice.
Of course, if we can help provide further guidance in this area, or you'd like to meet with us after the New Year to discuss your family's needs, feel free to hit "reply" to this email or give us a call to schedule an appointment.

Questions to Ask When Hiring a Special Needs Planning Attorney

When you have a child with special needs or disabilities, there are many decisions that need to be made regarding his or her future security and physical care. All parents want to protect their children, and those who have kids with disabilities will find that they must take extra steps to achieve their goals. Working with a Special Needs Planning Lawyer who focuses on this area of the law and understands your family's unique needs can make all the difference.

To ensure that your child is well taken care of both now and in the future, it's important to find an attorney that you can develop a long-term relationship with. Your attorney will likely be by your side as your family changes and grows-perhaps supporting you now with a Special Needs Trust and Social Security benefit concerns, while assisting your family with a Guardianship filing when your child transitions into adulthood.

As you meet with qualified candidates, consider asking the following questions of your prospective attorney to narrow down the best fit for your family:
  • How many years of experience do you have in Special Needs Planning?
  • What led you to this kind of work?
  • What is your overall educational and professional background?
  • How would you describe a Special Needs Trust and what it means for my family?
  • What are your typical fees?  Do you bill hourly or will I have the benefit of flat fees?
You will likely have other questions that are important to you. For example, are there specific considerations that come into play regarding your child's particular disability?  Are there other family members or caregivers that need to be involved in the planning process?  What government and other resources are available, and how does your special needs planning affect eligibility?

Of course, the overall goal is to find someone who has the knowledge to guide you as you put your plan together.  In the end, you should feel confident that you have created a plan that will protect and care for your child when you are no longer able to do so yourself.

If you are ready to start the process of interviewing Special Needs Planning Attorneys and you would like to meet with Sheri, please call us at (571) 328-5795. We'd be happy to meet with you and discuss in depth how we may be able to help your family prepare for the future.

Scammers Make Fake Social Security Calls!

If you get a call that looks like it's from the Social Security Administration (SSA), think twice. Scammers are spoofing SSA's 1-800 customer service number to try to get your personal information. Spoofing means that scammers can call from anywhere, but they make your caller ID show a different number - often one that looks legit. Here are few things you should know about these so-called SSA calls.

These scam calls are happening across the nation.  Your phone rings, y our caller ID shows that it's the SSA calling from 1-800-772-1213,  the caller says he works for the Social Security Administration and needs your personal information - like your Social Security number - to increase your benefit payments. (Or he threatens to cut off your benefits if you don't give him the information.)  But it is not really the Social Security Administration calling. Yes, it is the SSA's real phone number, but the scammers on the phone are spoofing the number to make the call look real.

You should never give your Social Security number, bank account information or other sensitive financial data to anyone making an unsolicited call to your home. Because the threat of caller ID spoofing is real.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the SSA and you aren't sure if it's a scam or not, hang up the phone immediately.
Then call the SSA back at 1-800-772-1213 to find out what they wanted.

You can also go one step further and report any suspicious calls to the SSA's Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online at .

Free Download of Sheri Abrams' New Special Needs Planning Guide!

Special Needs Planning is critical to ensure that parents can access key benefits and resources that will be necessary to ensure a smooth transition for their child into adulthood. 

You can download a free copy:  here

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Oakton, VA 22124
(571) 328-5795


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We provide legal services in the areas of Social Security Disability Law, Special Needs Planning, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Special Needs Trusts, Wills and Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Advance Medical Directives (Living Wills), Guardianship, Conservatorship, Disability Planning and Student Loan Discharge. 
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