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An Empowering Change in Legislation for Disabled Individuals

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A new law, which took effect on Jan. 1, 2017, opens a door for individuals with disabilities—a door that’s been closed since 1993. When President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act (CCA) in late 2016, which, in part, authorizes the establishment of self-settled special needs trusts (SNTs), he corrected a longstanding oversight in existing federal legislation while simultaneously creating an empowering opportunity for individuals with disabilities. The new legislation provides a solution to a big issue for both estate planners and individuals with disabilities, making the option of using an SNT much less cumbersome.

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