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Social Security, Durable Powers of Attorney, and Guardianships for Children with Disabilities

You likely already know how important it is to plan for yourself, but it’s especially imperative for those caring for children with disabilities to know what options are available to their children and what government benefits might be available to […]


Trusts & Estates - Fraser TrebilcockYou likely already know how important it is to plan for yourself, but it’s especially imperative for those caring for children with disabilities to know what options are available to their children and what government benefits might be available to assist in supporting them. 

Recently, attorneys Melisa Mysliwiec and Marlaine Teahan spoke with the Parent Advisory Committee for Special Education at the Eaton Regional Education Service Agency, on the issues involving Social Security for children with disabilities, as well as Durable Powers of Attorney and Guardianships.

Melisa’s presentation addressed social security benefits available for children with disabilities, both minor children and adult children  and the proper steps to claim supplemental security income and social security disability insurance for disabled adult children. Other insights from her talk included:

  • Eligibility for Supplemental Security Income for Children with Disabilities
  • Countable Resources and Income for Purposes of Supplemental Security Income
  • Issues related to Parent-to-Child Deeming and In Kind Support and Maintenance
  • Proper Steps for applying for Supplemental Security Income for Disabled Adult Children Benefits
  • Correct Methods for Contacting the Social Security Administration

You can review the presentation HERE.

Marlaine’s presentation compared and contrasted the ability of a child to grant a parent the ability to help with physical and financial needs, using a durable power of attorney and patient advocate designation, with the court’s power to grant those same powers under guardianships of the person and the estate. The pros and cons of each approach were reviewed and explained.
You can review her presentation HERE.

Melisa M. W. MysliwiecMarlaine C. Teahan

 

For more information on creating and revising plans for children with disabilities, contact attorney Melisa M. W. Mysliwiec at mmysliwiec@fraserlawfirm.com or 616-301-0800 or Marlaine C. Teahan at mteahan@fraserlawfirm.com or 517-377-0869.