Understanding Your IEP Team

Your child’s individualized education program (IEP) is created, reviewed, and revised by a team of experts. Each of these individuals has an important role to play in building your child’s IEP and adjusting it at IEP meetings. Below is an overview of the team members that are required to be involved in your child’s IEP based on federal law. The Child’s Parents—You The child’s parents have a legal right to be Read More

5 Tips for if You’re Considering Buying Commercial Real Estate

If you are ready to buy commercial real estate for your business, you likely have a lot of questions. Is purchasing commercial property the same as buying residential property? What are the differences? Does buying make more sense than leasing? How do you find the right property to meet your business needs? The following tips will help you get the process started. 1.   Leasing Versus Buying: Which Option Makes Read More

Christine Matus Talks with MOCEANS, Inc.

Attorney Christine Matus recently did a Facebook Live interview with MOCEANS, Inc. to discuss special needs law. Check out the interview below!     Read More

What to Do If Your Child’s IEP or 504 Accommodations Are Not Being Provided

Your child’s accommodations at school are essential. They were developed to be specifically tailored to your him so that he can learn effectively. Without those accommodations, your child may fall behind and may not be getting the education that he needs—and is entitled to receive. So, what can you do as a parent whose child may not be getting the education they need? Actually, a lot. Start by Talking to Your Read More

Are Workers’ Comp Benefits Ever Taxable?

In the vast majority of cases, workers’ compensation benefits are fully tax exempt, at the federal, state and local level. But this is not always the case where the workers' comp beneficiary is also receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Workers’ comp programs, which are run at the state level, provide benefits to people who suffer from work-related disabilities, stemming either from Read More

4 Benefits of Asset Protection Planning

Asset protection planning keeps your assets safe from creditors, including those who get a judgment against you. While many people assume that “hiding” your assets from creditors is illegal, if you protect your assets properly, it is entirely legal and can be extremely beneficial. Asset protection planning requires a great deal of forethought and strategy. Getting started now, before you have threats from Read More

5 Questions to Ask at Your Student’s IEP Meeting

Your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting is critical. It gives parents, educators, and other support staff a chance to sit down and communicate about the school’s plan to accommodate your child’s unique learning needs. This meeting provides an opportunity to convey your questions and concerns about your child’s learning environment, school policies, and more. One of the best ways to ensure you Read More

Understanding IEP and 504 Eligibility in New Jersey

Although Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 plans offer many of the same types of services for children with learning and attention issues, they are different in a few important ways. In many situations, a student may qualify for a 504 plan, but not an IEP. An IEP is generally a bit more focused than a 504 plan, but both programs can be extremely beneficial for students. Eligibility Requirements for Read More

Ask a Lawyer Episode 1 – Divorce and Special Needs Issues

The following is a transcript of an interview with Attorney Christine Matus on divorce and special needs children. Chris, tell us about divorce and special needs issues. Christine: Since we specialize in estate planning for special needs families, there has been quite a number of family lawyers who have reached out to us for help. They have clients going through divorces, and it’s difficult. Add in children Read More

Buying a Home for the First Time? Here are 3 Tips to Get You Started

Buying your first house can be incredibly intimidating and overwhelming. You will likely have many resources for tips and information, including family and friends and an array of resources online. However, when it comes down to it, what is the most essential information to know? Read on to find out.     The price tag may not be what you actually pay. There is often a lot of room for negotiation when it Read More