Linnea Levine

Linnea Levine

Aretha Franklin Had No Will, and a Child With Special Needs

Each month, the Law Offices of Linnea J. Levine PC will provide the latest Elder Law News for your consumption. Our hope is to keep you informed on any and all relevant information at our disposal. This month’s topic: Aretha Franklin Had No Will, and a Child With Special Needs

Linnea celebrates her 25th year assisting families in the practice areas of Elder Law, Special Needs Planning and Estate Planning to preserve their assets and to obtain quality care and eligibility to receive public benefits.

Say a Little Prayer: Aretha Franklin Had No Will, and a Child With Special Needs
According to court documents, legendary singer Aretha Franklin did not have a will when she died, meaning there are no specific protections for a son with special needs.

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Can a Special Needs Trust Pay for Housing Without Reducing SSI Benefits?

Trustees of special needs trusts generally have wide discretion in determining whether to distribute funds to trust beneficiaries. But if the person with disabilities receives SSI, care should be taken when using trust funds to pay for housing.

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Senate Bill Would Set Up Federal Office of Disability Policy


A new Senate bill would create an Office of Disability Policy to analyze the impact of proposed federal legislation, regulations and guidance documents on individuals with disabilities.

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Since 1998 Linnea qualified and has maintained her qualifications for the designation of Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) awarded by the National Elder Law Foundation, approved by the American Bar Association. (The Rules Committee of the Connecticut Superior Court currently does not recognize Elder Law as a concentrated area of practice). She has repeatedly been named as a Super Lawyer in Elder Law for the New England Region. Linnea was named “Most Valuable Member for 2014” by the Connecticut Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

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