Families who have a family member with a disability must plan for the future very carefully. How assets are left after your death can have a tremendous impact on the quality of life for that person. In the past, a Will may have been enough, but times have changed. To protect a person with special needs, a well-defined estate plan is vital. It is important to determine when you want the special needs planning to take effect. For some people, it may be sufficient to have the planning take effect upon the death of the parent and/or care provider. In other situations, it is important to get planning and funding in effect currently so that no one would need to die in order for the plan to take effect.
How A Special Needs Trust Works
A Special Needs Trust allows a parent, grandparent or guardian to provide funds for a disabled child without disrupting the child’s eligibility for government aid. Setting one up is a fairly simple process. Important points to remember while investigating the use of this estate planning tool are:
- Decide on an appropriate guardian for your child
- Determine who would be a suitable Trustee(s) to manage the Trust’s assets and supervise your child’s finances
- Outline instructions for your child’s education, housing, personal and emotional needs
Our law firm helps families address the financial, legal and social aspects of a person’s life to develop an effective plan for the future. Our goal is to ensure that their needs are met and that they have the opportunity to expand their horizons and follow their dreams.