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Supplemental Security Income and the Family Law Attorney

Using Creative Alimony, Child Support and Property Settlements to Maximize SSI, Medicaid and Create Funding for Assistive Technology

This booklet covers the basic SSI rules an attorney must know to competently represent the interests of an adult or child with a disability who is expected to benefit from alimony, child support, or any other cash or property settlement that results from a divorce or related action. An explanation of SSI's income and resource rules, the types of cash and property settlements that will affect SSI and those that will not are explained. Also explained is how SSI becomes the conduit to automatic Medicaid eligibility in most states and why the retention of Medicaid may be more important than the retention of SSI.

Although this article is written primarily for family law attorneys, it will be valuable to attorneys and advocates who specialize in disability law as well. It will also be a useful resource for many persons with disabilities and their families.

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