Special Needs Law Center News

Debunking Myths: Employment Edition

By Cindy Gardner, Managing Attorney Let’s talk about employment, and not just because it’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October. The truth is that one of the best things that we, as a community, can do is to promote expectations of employment for youth with disabilities. Many years ago (and I won’t say exactly … Continued

Understanding A Letter of Intent

Fall is around the corner and we’re all trying to soak in the last few days of extra sunshine, before life slows down a bit. Or at least that’s how I tend to think about fall, but in truth it seems that this is when things speed up as we try to cross-off as many … Continued

After the First Day

Planning for Transition from High School By: Cindy Gardner, Managing Attorney   How’s back-to-school going so far? The transition into a new school year can be full of nervous energy, even for us at the firm. Last month, I asked you to take some time and envision your child’s future. I love hearing from my client’s their … Continued

SAVE THE DATE: What’s Next Seminar

Second Annual What’s Next Seminar to be Held on October 21 Join Special Needs Law Center on October 21 to help you plan for your child’s life after high school.  We will cover what options you have to safeguard your child’s future. Experts will also inform about benefits (Social Security), employment, housing and other topics to help … Continued

April Trainings and Events

Cindy is making her way across the state sharing information with families on how to plan for the future of their child with a disability. She covers information on conservatorships, special needs trust, and estate planning. Please stop by and let us know how we can help make planning for the future less scary.   … Continued

Child Support & Special Needs Trusts

In Tennessee, child support typically ends when a child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever happens last. When a child has a disability, however, a parent’s responsibility to contribute support may continue, even beyond the age of 19. Tennessee has a statute which allows a court to continue child support beyond a child’s minority for the … Continued

Guest Post: Tony Youssefi, Continuum Planning Partners

Special Needs: Caring for a Loved One’s Future   If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the steps it takes to plan properly for your child with special needs, you are not alone. I understand that life is busy with therapy sessions, school and IEP meetings, and doctor’s visits. For many families financial planning ends up … Continued

Special Needs Law Center Presenting at TCSW Annual Conference

Nashville, March 12, 2016–Cindy Gardner will be presenting at the TCSW 103rd Anniversary Leadership & Networking Conference held in Franklin, TN on April 6, 2016. The annual conference includes breakout workshops, plenary sessions, an awards luncheon designed specifically for human services professionals, supervisors, and managers. The Special Needs Law Center is excited to again be part … Continued