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Protecting the Money of Your Client with Disabilities
Written by Jay Kearns   
Friday, October 24 2014 10:00

Written by Daniel J. Munroe and John F. Kearns III

Article from: CONNECTICUT LAWYER MAGAZINE

October 2011/ Volume 22 / Number 3

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Elder Care Attorney in West Hartford, CT | Kearns and Kearns, PC

Elder Care Attorney in West Hartford, CT

Helping you make better plans for the future.

As elder care Attorneys in West Hartford CT, Kearns &Kearns is helping you make better plans for the future.

Since it was established in 1985 by father and son attorneys, the law firm of Kearns & Kearns has been dedicated to serving our clients with compassion, addressing each individual’s unique financial circumstances, health care needs and long-term objectives.

Kearns & Kearns, in West Harford CT, counsels clients in the areas of special needs trusts, probate, estate planning, settlement services and elder care law. In fact, John “Jay” F. Kearns III was the first Connecticut attorney to be board certified as an elder law specialist.

Our Attorneys help clients protect their life savings and preserve their independence as they face the challenges that come with age and/or disability. Together, we prepare plans that enable our clients to face their future with peace of mind.


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Insurance and the Special Needs Trust
Written by Jay Kearns   
Friday, October 24 2014 09:55

Written by Daniel J. Munroe and John F. Kearns III

Article from: CONNECTICUT LAWYER MAGAZINE

August/September 2012 Volume 23 / Number 2

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Special Needs Trust Lawyer in Hartford CT | Special Needs Lawyer

Special Needs Trust Lawyer in Hartford CT

Disabled should never mean disadvantaged.

Whether you’re the parent of a child born with special needs, or an adult forced to make adjustments after the onset of a disability, Kearns & Kearns, Special Needs Trust Lawyer in Hartford CT, can help you secure the necessary health care, financial security, comforts of living, independence – and renewed optimism – to last a lifetime.

Kearns & Kearns attorneys are members of the Special Needs Alliance, a national, not-for-profit, invitation-only organization of attorneys dedicated to the practice of disability and public benefits law. Jay Kearns is a founding member and past president.


We know how to strategically set up a comprehensive special needs trust for you that would set aside funds – including gifts, legal settlements and/or inheritance – without jeopardizing the ability to receive public benefits now or down the road – such as Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).


Why have a Special Needs Trust?

A special needs trust pays for the “extras” – quality-of-life-enhancing goods and services that can include everything from a private nurse or handicap-accessible vehicle to recreational and educational experiences. Even the purchase of a home.

Not only the Trust, but the support, too.
In addition to designing and drafting the special needs trust itself, Kearns & Kearns can help you by providing services, including:

  • Helping you select a qualified trustee – the personal advocate responsible for managing, investing, and distributing the trust’s funds wisely
  • Helping you select trustworthy, experienced financial advisors
  • Counseling your trustee on tax issues and public benefits
  • Advising you and your trustee on how to make distributions without losing public benefits
  • Preparing trust and probate accountings

Learn more about the special advantages of a special needs trust, and if it’s right for you. Click here to contact Kearns & Kearns now.

Click here for Special Needs Trusts FAQs – and answers!

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Preserving Your Personal Injury Settlement
Written by Jay Kearns   
Tuesday, February 08 2011 19:42

BY: JOHN F. KEARNS III, CELA

Introduction

Congratulations!  You have just obtained a big personal injury settlement for your disabled client.  Don’t celebrate early.  Your joy will quickly turn to despair over a legal malpractice claim if you do not plan for your client’s long-term medical expenses after the settlement.  A post-settlement plan without a review of the 1998 revision to C.G.S. §45a-151, and the recent Connecticut Supreme Court’s decision in Department of Social Services v. Saunders, could result in ruin for both you and your client.  Your client will be unhappy if the client is required to repay the Medicaid lien and spend-down the balance of the settlement.

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Why Trial Lawyers Should Use §468B Settlements
Written by Jay Kearns   
Tuesday, February 08 2011 18:52

Written by John F. Kearns III

Article from: CONNECTICUT LAWYER MAGAZINE

November 2008/ Volume 19 / Number 4

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You’ve won the case -- but now what?

You have just settled a personal injury claim for $2.5 million dollars for Mary.  She has a Medicare lien and a Medicaid lien.  Mary will need a special needs trust.  You made a derivative claim for loss of consortium on behalf of Mary’s husband, Tom.  The defendant has a structured settlement broker who wants to meet with you and Mary’s family.  How can you quickly tie up the loose ends and get the money?

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