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SGW Webinar: “Preparing Your Special Needs Child for Adulthood” – March 1

Did you know that the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) offers services that will assist your child with special needs as they mature into adulthood? Indeed. many services such as locating appropriate group housing and finding a job are available to New Jersey residents who apply for and get approved for DDD services. Sussan,Greenwald & Wesler, a New Jersey law firm dedicated to working with and supporting families with special needs children, is eager to help you navigate the DDD application process. With our assistance, the services your child is entitled to receive are just a few steps away. We...

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How to avoid the 10 biggest mistakes made at IEP meetings

When you are preparing for what may very well be one of the most important meetings of your life, it’s important to be prepared. Join Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler Attorney Lenore Boyarin, Esq. on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. From 6 to 8 p.m. at the Plainfield Library, 800 Park Ave., Plainfield NJ 07060 for a fascinating and informative discussion on how you can be the best advocate for your child when seeking services by avoiding commonly made IEP meeting mistakes. The program will address misperceptions about how special education works, how to avoid making common mistakes, and how to make more informed...

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7 Facts You Need To Know About ADHD

1. ADHD is Real Nearly every mainstream medical, psychological, and educational organization in the United States long ago concluded that Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a real, brain-based medical disorder. These organizations also concluded that children and adults with ADHD benefit from appropriate treatment. 2. ADHD is a Common, Non-Discriminatory Disorder ADHD is a non-discriminatory disorder affecting people of every age, gender, IQ, religious and socio-economic background. In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the percentage of children in the United States who have ever been diagnosed with ADHD is now 9.5%. Boys are diagnosed two to three times as often as...

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What is a Sensory Processing Disorder?

Does your child crash into walls? Does she throw a tantrum when you try to brush her teeth? Does he cover his ears in a crowded amusement park or shy away from birthday parties? Does she seem insensitive to pain, or overly sensitive to sound or light? If so, your child may be one of many children who have difficulty processing the information that they take in through their senses.  When children have difficulty processing or making sense of the sensory information they take in, they may have difficulty responding appropriately in a given situation or environment.  When this difficulty is...

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6 Back-to-School Planning Tips for Your Child With Special Needs

Written by  Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler For a few glorious weeks each year, classrooms are replaced with trips to the Shore, and your family’s summer vacation makes waiting for the school bus seems like a distant memory. Yet, while it may feel like the year has just ended, it’s never too soon to start planning for your child’s return to school in September. Here are 6 tips to help make the transition successful. Share your child’s IEP with appropriate staff members. The most important resource you and your child’s teachers share is the Individualized Education Program or IEP. Provide a copy of...

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6 Inclusive summer programming options in NJ to check out

Written by  Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler If you’re still considering summer programming options for your child with special needs, here are six wonderful camps/summer schools in New Jersey that can provide activities for kids of all ages. Each inclusive program will ensure that your child has equal opportunities to be included in recreational settings so they can learn and play together. Fusion Academy Princeton Fusion Academy offers a summer school that won’t take away your summer fun! Middle and high school students can catch up on missed credits, retake a class, get ahead before next semester, or supplement a homeschool program with an...

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5 Things to consider when choosing a guardian to name in your Will

Written by Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler Choosing a guardian to name in your Will When handing your will and estate planning, one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is who will take care of your children if you become incapacitated or in the event of your death. “If you don't name a legal guardian in your will, the court will choose who will care for your children,” says Alex Hilsen, Esq., LL.M., head of SGW’s Estate Planning Division. “And you can’t assume that they will automatically grant custody to aunts, uncles, or grandparents.” When drawing up your will, be sure that...

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Does my child need an extended school year?

Written by  Mariann Crincoli, Esq. An extended school year (ESY) refers to educational programming beyond the required 180-day school year for students with disabilities who are eligible. Although every student with a disability who has an individualized education program (IEP) must be considered for ESY, not every student is eligible for ESY. The determination, like all other programming decisions for students with disabilities, must be made annually on an individual basis by the IEP team. Parents are a valuable member of the IEP team and must be part of this decision-making process. Several factors must be utilized by the IEP team in...

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The fundamentals of Estate Planning: How to protect your family’s future

One of the best ways to help assure that your assets will be managed for your family as you intend is to develop a comprehensive estate plan designed to meet your individual needs. The estate planning process typically involves working with your financial, tax and legal advisors to develop a customized estate plan. Many estate plans include the following: Last Wills and Testaments Durable Financial Powers of Attorney Advance Medical Directives Revocable and/or Irrevocable Trusts Insurance Trusts Charitable Remainder Trusts Minor's Trusts - Spendthrift Trusts By-Pass or Credit Shelter Trusts Marital Trusts (QTIP) Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts or Grantor Retained Uni-Trusts ...

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Type of Trusts

There are two basic types of trusts: living trusts and testamentary trusts. A Living Trust or an “inter-vivos” trust is set up during the person’s lifetime. A Testamentary trust is set up in a will and established only after the person’s death when the will goes into effect. Living trusts can be either “revocable” or “irrevocable.” Revocable trusts allow you to retain control of all the assets in the trust, and you are free to revoke or change the terms of the trust at any time. With irrevocable trusts, the assets in it are no longer yours, and typically you can’t make changes without the beneficiary’s consent....

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