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, recent news from The Washington Post should give all families pause. The paper reports that the Social Security Trust Fund will run out of money in 2016. It may be time to make other plans. Parents of children … [Read more...] about Special Needs Children and Social Security Benefits
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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
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 a … [Read more...] about Special Needs Children Need Special Planning
A well constructed estate plang will not only addresses the distribution of your assets, but can also nominate a guardian for minor children. While there are legalities to consider, it’s important to remember that you are also determining the quality of your children’s lives if you die before they reach the age of 18. Many parents understandably have a difficult time imagining their children without them. But they need to consider many factors for guardianship, including: Similar … [Read more...] about Who Should Be Your Child's Guardian?
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
With the divorce rate hovering around 50 percent in the United States, blended families have become the norm in today's society. If you have just created a blended family, or are planning to do so in the near future, there are a number of changes that you may need to make to your existing estate plan in order to reflect your new status as a blended family. Although each family is unique, the following are possible options to consider. Adding Your Spouse to Titles. Titles to real property, … [Read more...] about What Changes Do I Need to Make to My Estate Plan When I Create a Blended Family?
No way! Married people need estate plans. Some folks think that because they own assets jointly with a spouse, they don’t need an estate plan. In fact, joint ownership is called a “poor man’s estate plan.” In reality, it should just be called a “poor estate plan.” Joint tenancy ownership is riddled with perils. Likely, the most serious peril is the unintentional disinheritance of your children. Sadly, it happens too often because of joint ownership. This is what can happen when you own … [Read more...] about Married People Don’t Need Estate Plans, Right?
The recent death of Whitney Houston was immediately followed by both soaring record sales and reports of trouble brewing surrounding her estate. Houston was found dead in a Beverly Hills hotel room from unknown causes. While many mourned her death and rushed to buy her songs, Houston’s family was already having trouble with Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown, according to reports. Houston’s mother was reportedly not happy about inviting Brown to the funeral but did so anyway. While Brown did … [Read more...] about Trouble Brewing in Whitney Houston’s Estate