How to Give to a Child With Special Needs Without Causing Problems

How to Give to a Child With Special Needs Without Causing Problems

As an attorney who works with quite a few families who have children, or adults, with special needs, we encounter families who have a difficult time talking with their loved ones about giving gifts. We also see the problems that these gifts can cause when they are...
Should We Name a Sibling as Trustee?

Should We Name a Sibling as Trustee?

Families of children with special needs are faced with a very difficult decision — after the parents are gone, who will watch out for their child who can’t watch out for themselves? Oftentimes, this question is coupled with — should a family member...
6 Planning Tips for Special Needs Families

6 Planning Tips for Special Needs Families

Families with special needs include parents, or other family members (either children or adults) with special needs, and individuals with special needs. These families face unique planning challenges and serious consequences if planning is inadequate or improper. If...
Do Beneficiaries of Special Needs Trusts Have Rights?

Do Beneficiaries of Special Needs Trusts Have Rights?

What happens if a dispute arises between a trustee and a beneficiary? There are five common rights of beneficiaries according to the Uniform Trust Code… A special needs trust is set up to provide money for the care and support of the beneficiary with special...
Purchasing a Home With a Special Needs Trust

Purchasing a Home With a Special Needs Trust

Buying a house with a special needs trust can be a good move, but you should understand the pitfalls and complexities. For some people with disabilities, homeownership may present a uniquely empowering opportunity. But for many others, purchasing a home through a...
Top 7 Reasons to Establish a Special Needs Trust

Top 7 Reasons to Establish a Special Needs Trust

Special needs trustsĀ (SNTs) can play an important role in helping families plan for children with special needs. Here are some of the most compelling reasons to speak with your attorney about establishing an SNT. 1. Preserve public benefits while enhancing your...