Virginia Beach Special Needs Attorneys
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Do you currently provide care for a child or loved one with special needs, such as mental or physical disabilities? Have you contemplated what might happen to them when you are no longer able to serve as the caretaker? Although you may have a plan to leave money and assets to a special needs individual, such a generous bequest might prevent them from qualifying for essential benefits under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid programs.
If you do not leave any assets to the special needs individual, then the benefits provided by SSI and Medicaid will generally be limited to only the bare necessities, such as food, housing, and clothing. As you can imagine, these limited benefits will not provide adequate resources that would allow your loved one to enjoy a richer quality of life. Fortunately, the government has established rules allowing assets of individuals with special needs to be held in trusts. Properly establishing a Special Needs or Supplemental Needs Trust can help your loved one qualify for SSI and Medicaid, as long as certain requirements are met.
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When you choose TrustBuilders Law Group to represent you, our seasoned legal team will get right to work setting up a properly funded Special Needs Trust to make sure government benefit eligibility is preserved. With smart planning, we can also make sure the special needs individual has assets for their supplemental needs that go beyond food, shelter, and clothing and the medical and long term support and services of Medicaid. Parents should be aware that funds from the trust cannot be distributed directly to the disabled beneficiary. Instead, it must be disbursed to third parties who provide goods and services for use and enjoyment by the disabled beneficiary.
A Special Needs Trust can be used for a variety of life-enhancing expenditures without compromising your loved one’s eligibility, such as:
- Annual check-ups at an independent medical facility
- Supplemental education and tutoring
- Out-of-pocket medical and dental expenses
- Maintenance of vehicles
- Transportation (including the purchase of a vehicle)
- Funds for trips or vacations
- Purchase materials for a hobby or recreation activity
- Funds for entertainment
- Purchase of goods and services that add pleasure and quality to life
- Special dietary needs
- Personal care attendant or escort
Call (757) 500-5135 to Request a Free Case Consultation
If you have a loved one with special needs, then you should stop by our law firm to discuss why adding a Special Needs Trust is a critical component of smart estate planning. We understand how important it is to make sure your disabled beneficiaries are provided for after you pass away, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us today so we can get started drafting your customized legal strategy.
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