Day: September 15, 2023

Planning for Special Needs: A Guide to Special Needs Trusts & Their Benefits

Providing for the future of a loved one with special needs requires careful planning and consideration. One of the most effective tools for achieving this is the Special Needs Trust (SNT). This post dives deep into the world of SNTs, their benefits, and how they can provide for your loved one’s future without jeopardizing eligibility for essential public benefits.

What is a Special Needs Trust?

A Special Needs Trust is a legal arrangement designed to benefit individuals with disabilities who qualify for government assistance. The trust holds assets for the benefit of the individual with special needs, providing for their supplementary needs while not disrupting their eligibility for programs like Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Why a Special Needs Trust is Necessary

Public assistance programs provide essential support for individuals with special needs, but they come with strict income and asset limits. Directly inheriting money or property could disqualify your loved one from these benefits. An SNT allows you to set aside assets for your loved one’s use without these assets being counted towards their eligibility limits.

Types of Special Needs Trusts

There are three main types of Special Needs Trusts: First-Party SNTs, Third-Party SNTs, and Pooled Trusts. The choice between them depends on whose assets are funding the trust and the specific needs and circumstances of your loved one.

The Role of the Trustee

The trustee manages the assets in the SNT. They handle the day-to-day administration of the trust, making distributions for the benefit of the individual with special needs. Choosing the right trustee is crucial for the successful operation of the SNT.

The Benefits of Special Needs Trusts

An SNT can significantly enhance the quality of life for your loved one with special needs. It allows them to benefit from additional resources for education, medical expenses, therapies, recreational activities, and more while maintaining their government benefits.

Professional Guidance is Crucial

Establishing and administering a Special Needs Trust can be complex. It involves a detailed understanding of federal and state laws. Professional guidance from an experienced attorney is invaluable in ensuring the trust is set up correctly and managed effectively.

Beasley & Ferber: Your Trusted Partner in Special Needs Planning

At Beasley & Ferber, we understand the complexities of special needs planning and the pivotal role Special Needs Trusts can play. Our experienced team is committed to helping you navigate this process, providing the guidance and support you need to secure your loved one’s future.

Don’t navigate these complexities alone. Let our experienced team at Beasley & Ferber help you create an effective special needs plan tailored to your family’s unique circumstances. If you’re considering a Special Needs Trust for your loved one, contact us today to learn how we can help. Together, we can ensure your loved one’s needs are met now and in the future.


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