Our own attorneys Rebecca L. Smitherman and Susan J. Ryan were recognized by SuperLawyers magazine for the second consecutive year as Rising Stars in their areas of practice. SuperLawyers magazine reviews thousands of lawyers around the state and chooses those attorneys who show particular expertise and promise in their particular specialty. Congratulations to Rebecca and Susan on this distinguished recognition!
Until now, individuals with disabilities could lose access to government benefits such as Medicaid and SSI if they established even a modest savings or income. Parents were told not to open any kind of account in their disabled child’s name over $2,000.00, and individuals with disabilities were told not to get jobs that would make over $721 per month, because either scenario might cause the disabled individual to lose vital government benefits. Now, the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (“ABLE”) allows families and individuals with disabilities to create tax-advantaged plans without losing the benefits available through government programs, and allows individuals with disabilities to save for their own futures. Read more about it at https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/647.