Colorado Attorney and National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys President Bradley J. Frigon Comments About Disabled Military Child Protection Act as it is Passed into Law

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Congress passes legislation to aid disabled children of military families

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With this victory, I look forward to gaining momentum to pass other important legislation, like the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act

Bradley J. Frigon, owner of the Law Offices of Bradley J. Frigon, LLC, announced today that Congress passed legislation to aid disabled children of military families.

The Disabled Military Child Protection Act allows military parents’ survivor benefits to go into a special needs trust for their children with disabilities. The provisions were passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015.

“Many fought hard for these provisions on Capitol Hill, but in particular I want to mention Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NC), who championed them as Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Personnel,” said NAELA President Bradley J. Frigon, CELA, CAP.

Special needs trusts make it possible for persons with disabilities to receive assistance through Medicaid, a means-tested program, to pay for the high costs of long-term care and to still afford basic expenses such as personal care items. In return, states have the right to recoup the costs of its public assistance from the trust after the person with disabilities passes away.

Until these provisions became law, the military parents’ survivor benefits for children with disabilities were required to go directly to the children. This resulted in frequent loss of support thus undermining the purpose of survivor benefits.

“With this victory, I look forward to gaining momentum to pass other important legislation, like the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act,” Frigon added.

Frigon, in addition to being an experienced Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), works as an adjunct professor in the Masters of LLM program at Stetson University College of Law. He is considered an expert in the industry and has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, MSN Money, Bloomberg, and Kiplinger Retirement Report.

Frigon’s accomplishments include: President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; Board member of the Special Needs Alliance; Elder Counsel co-editor of Special Needs Trusts Module; Colorado Super Lawyer; Fellow American College of Trust and Estate Counsel; Member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP); Nationally recognized speaker; Author of numerous publications, including co-author of Fundamentals of Special Needs Trusts.

The Law Offices of Bradley J. Frigon assists clients with all aspects of trust and estate matters, including probate, trust administration and asset protection. This includes simple and complex wills and trusts, financial power of attorney documents, and advanced medical directives. Additionally, the practice provides elder law advice and is nationally recognized for expertise in special needs planning and tax matters. To learn more about the firm, visit their website at http://www.bjflaw.com or call 720-200-4025.

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