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Special Needs Planning in Troy

Helping Family Members to Enjoy a Full Life

Caring for family members with special needs can be both fulfilling and difficult. The requirement for constant care and resources is manageable when other family members are available to help, but once the person is to be on their own, matters become more complicated. The Troy special needs planning attorneys at Barron, Rosenberg, Mayoras & Mayoras offer help to families of individuals with special needs and know how to help them obtain the resources they need later on in their lives.

Call (248) 494-4577 for a free consultation to learn more about how to plan for your loved one’s long-term special needs.

Why Wills are Insufficient for Special Needs Children

Parents of children with special needs know that caregiving is a lifetime job, but what happens once the parents are no longer able to provide that care? As most vulnerable dependents with disabilities will outlive their parents, planning for their estate needs and finances is of great importance. Proper planning ensures that the child will always have someone to advocate for and protect their legal rights.

Due to their special needs, children with disabilities who inherit money from their parents usually have their government benefits and medical coverage cut off, leading some parents to intentionally disinherit their child with special needs to prevent that. However, there is a better way.

Benefits of a Special Needs Trust

One alternative to the traditional will is called a Special Needs Trust (SNT), and it keeps your assets available to the child without disqualifying him or her from other benefits. When properly drafted, an SNT specifies ways that your assets will be used to supplement government benefits, rather than replace them. The team at BRMM can help clients prepare an SNT that will ensure that funding is available to enhance the child’s life.

The SNT may be used for:

  • Extra medical care
  • Personal items such as TVs, radios, computers, vacations
  • Advocates and companions
  • Anything but food and shelter

Establishing the SNT and Letter of Guidance

By putting the right plan in place immediately, you prevent your child’s governmental benefits from being altered, diminished, or even destroyed after you pass. Our firm can also help clients draft a Letter of Guidance, which is almost as important as the SNT. As no one knows your child better than you, this thorough document will help to describe your wishes for them.

A Letter of Guidance will usually address:

  • Family history
  • Medical history
  • Housing
  • Education
  • Religion
  • Rights and values
  • Leisure and recreation
  • Likes and dislikes
  • Day programs/work
  • Daily routine
  • Daily living skills

By planning right away, you can help your loved one with special needs to enjoy a lifetime of supervision and care.

Call (248) 494-4577 now for a free consultation about your case.

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