Estate planning is an essential process for anyone wishing to secure the future of their loved ones. When you have a disabled adult child, the process becomes even more critical. Providing for the future care of a child with disabilities requires a thoughtful approach that considers their unique needs and the potential challenges they may face. Here are some key considerations and steps for effective estate planning for the care of a disabled adult child. 1. Special Needs Trusts (SNTs): … [Read more...] about Planning for the Care of a Disabled Adult Child
Special Needs Planning
Sometimes referred to as supplemental needs trusts, special needs trusts (SNTs) are important legal documents that are included in an estate plan with the goal of providing clarity for loved ones should you become disabled. It is part of a collective estate plan, and its importance shouldn’t be underestimated. These important documents provide the opportunity for those with a physical or mental disability – or one who has a chronic or terminal illness – to ensure your wishes are being met … [Read more...] about What is a Special Needs Trust in Estate Planning?
If you are the parent of a child with special needs, planning for his or her future without parents is a more critical matter than the issue would be for a parent of a child who is not disabled. The concerns are twofold: who will your care for child if you become incapacitated and what happens to the child at your death? Some of the questions you need to consider when you begin the planning process are: Whom would you trust as guardian for your child if you were unable to care for them … [Read more...] about Special Needs Planning; Some Considerations
In an ideal world, all of our children or other beneficiaries would be fully grown, responsible, and disability-free upon our deaths. However, we don’t live in a perfect world and unforeseen circumstances often exist. Whether your beneficiaries are minors, are receiving assistance from the government based on a disability, or are otherwise not in the best position to manage an inheritance, there are plenty of great solutions available through proper estate planning. If your beneficiary is a … [Read more...] about Planning Considerations for Real Families
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. How A Special Needs Trust Works A Special Needs Trust allows a parent, grandparent, family member or guardian to provide funds for a disabled child without … [Read more...] about Planning for Loved Ones with Disabilities
Most families with children of special needs rely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits administered by the Social Security Administration to some extent to provide for the children after the parents pass away. For some families, this is the only plan that they have. However, proections by some suggest that the Social Security Trust Fund may run out of money. It may be time to make other plans. Parents of children with special needs can create Trust funds for their children that … [Read more...] about Special Needs Children and Social Security Benefits
A special needs trust, sometimes referred to as a supplemental needs trust, is a specific type of trust used to provide support for a special needs individual. This exceptional estate planning tool should be considered by anyone who has a child or loved one who qualifies. So what is a supplemental needs trust and why would I want to create one? A Special needs trust, or SNT, may be used for an individual who is physically or mentally disabled or who suffers from a chronic or acquired … [Read more...] about What You Need to Know about a Special (Supplemental) Needs Trust
Everyone knows that an estate plan can ensure your chosen beneficiaries receive the right inheritance. But did you know there are other benefits too? Here’s five things a good estate plan can for you. Protect Against Disability – No, your estate plan can’t prevent disability from striking but it can certainly ensure that you and your estate are protected if it happens. Using an Advanced Health Care Directive and General Durable Power of Attorney can ensure that your medical wishes are … [Read more...] about Five Lesser Known Benefits of Good Estate Planning
Think about all the details you know about your child and his or her life. As the parent of a child with special needs, there are some things that only you know. And, if you weren’t there, that information would be lost. What impact would that have on your child’s life? A care plan can ensure that all the important information about your child, down to the smallest detail, is communicated to his or her guardian or trustee. Often done in the form of a Letter of Intent, a care plan is simply … [Read more...] about Special Needs Children Need Special Planning
If you are the parent of a child with special needs, you understand the joy these children bring to a family as well as to everyone with whom they interact. You are also likely familiar with the worry and fear that comes with thoughts of your child’s future. Fortunately, many children with special needs now live very independent lives; however, as a parent you may still wish to ensure that your child has your financial support as an adult, even after you are no longer here to provide it in … [Read more...] about Why Is Special Needs Planning Necessary?