As the parent of a child with special needs, you know the many financial, social and medical issues involved in his or her care. At Bennett Watson Trust, Estate & Elder Law, LLC, we can help you find the assistance you need now and show you how to ensure your child with special needs will be well cared for when you are no longer able to provide that care yourself. For example, we can:
- Alleviate your concerns about protecting eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid and other government benefits
- Maximize the amount of public and private resources available to assist your special needs loved one
- Help you address the planning needs of other family members
To accomplish these and other goals, we will work closely with you to understand your top priorities and overall family objectives. In addition, we will analyze your current financial situation. This will allow us to determine the benefits available and the legal strategies we can use to maximize these benefits today and plan for the care of your special needs child in the future. One of the most important tools in the design and implementation of a customized special needs plan is the special needs trust.
Special Needs Trusts
While there are many different types of special needs trusts, in general they seek to maintain eligibility for means tested government assistance programs such as Medicaid and SSI, while at the same time creating a fund to supplement the services and/or care not provided by these means tested programs. Supplemental services can include things like special education, travel expenses, entertainment, a wheelchair-accessible van, specialized medical and dental care, and more. In short, the additional services and care provided by a special needs trust can significantly improve the quality of life of a person with special needs.
Special needs trusts may be simple in theory but the proper design and implementation is extremely complicated. Eligibility for the many Medicaid and other public assistance programs involves different rules that change over time. Likewise, care requirements for your special needs loved one changes over time as well. So, too, does your family’s financial situation. For a well-designed special needs trust and effective overall special needs plan, you should seek counsel only from a firm with experience in this complex area of the law. Our South Georgia special needs planning attorneys have this experience. Contact us today to discuss your particular situation.