Special Needs Planning
New York Special Needs Planning Attorney
As the parent of a child with special needs, you are undoubtedly concerned about obtaining the assistance your loved one needs now and ensuring he or she will be well cared for when you are no longer able to provide adequate care yourself. We work with parents, family members, and trustees to help manage the legal, personal, medical, and financial affairs of people with special needs. This involves gaining a thorough understanding of your priorities for the care of your loved one, helping you obtain that care, explaining all of the options available to you, and analyzing your financial situation to determine the specific benefits available for your loved one. Then we will design and implement a customized plan to meet your loved one’s needs today and in the future.
Supplemental Needs Trusts
Supplemental needs trusts can be used to create a fund to augment services not provided by government assistance programs like Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), while at the same time maintaining eligibility for these vital programs. A supplemental needs trust can include funds for travel, entertainment, education, wheelchair-accessible transportation, advanced dental and medical care, and more. In short, a supplemental needs trust can make money available for goods and services to maximize the quality of life of your loved one with special needs.
You should know that every government assistance program has its own set of rules. These rules can be extremely complicated. If a supplemental needs trust is improperly designed or implemented, it can jeopardize your loved one’s eligibility for assistance from Medicaid and SSI. We have extensive experience in this specialized area of the law. Contact us today for a personal meeting to discuss your particular planning needs and goals.