Special Needs Planning
Have A Dependent With Special Needs? Osenton Law Can Help You Ensure That They Will Be Taken Care Of & Provided For Financially No Matter What The Future Holds.
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If you are the primary caretaker or provider for a dependent who has special needs and is unable to take care of/provide for themselves, it is likely (however hard this is to think about) that they will outlive you, unless they are a spouse or elderly family member. Regardless, no one is promised tomorrow; you could pass away or become incapacitated unexpectedly at any time, and you need to take steps to avoid leaving your loved one and the rest of your family in an incredibly difficult, financially strenuous position if that happens. But what are those steps, and why do you need a lawyer’s help to take them?
Many people think that they can just leave everything they own/bequeath a sizable inheritance to the individual with special needs, but that’s problematic for a few reasons. For one thing, government programs such as Social Security and Medicaid can provide significant amounts of financial aid to children and adults with special needs. These programs are mostly need-based, however. If your loved one has too much money in their name, they may be rendered ineligible to receive benefits. For another thing, your loved one is vulnerable and may not be able to manage the money you leave them on their own; without protecting their inheritance, it could become the source of a family dispute, be attacked by creditors, and ultimately not be used in the manner you intended. Also, if a will is the only thing you leave behind, the inheritance will have to go through an expensive court process known as probate before they can receive it anyway.
The best way to plan for the safe future of your loved one with special needs is by protecting their inheritance in a trust. A trust is a fiduciary relationship where you can designate someone to act on your loved one’s behalf and manage the financial assets in the trust according to certain terms. The money is not owned in their name, so they can still use it without jeopardizing eligibility for other necessary benefits. There are several types of trusts available to choose from, including a special needs trust, a supplemental trust, a survivors’ trust, and a legacy trust. Understanding what type of trust is right for your unique circumstances and creating that trust can be complicated, which is where a lawyer’s guidance comes in! At Osenton Law, P.A., we design a special needs trust and other planning tools that you and your family members can rely on. Our firm offers affordable fee arrangements that we tell you about upfront so you don’t have to worry about any surprises. Call today to schedule a free consultation with our law firm and find out more about how we can help you.
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