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Special Needs Planning
Protecting assets and securing benefits for people with special needs.

Very often, if assets are bequeathed or awarded to an injured or disabled person, their entitlement to public resources may be lost or reduced. But through special needs planning, we can ensure that your access to public resources, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicaid, is secure.

The Estate Planning and Elder Law Firm specializes in helping clients maintain their eligibility for public benefits while enjoying the inheritance or settlement to which they are entitled. Special needs planning can ensure that your benefits are safe.

Read below for more information, and please contact us for a consultation:

Virginia (703) 243-3200
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Washington DC (202) 223-0270

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More on Special Needs Planning & Trusts
Frequently, a Supplemental Needs Trust, also called a Special Needs Trust, (SNT) can assist in the preservation of both public benefits and assets. An SNT will manage resources for the benefit of an injured or disabled person while maintaining the person’s eligibility for public assistance benefits.
There are two distinct types of SNTs—a third-party created trust and a self-created trust. A self-created SNT can help an injured or disabled person address their financial needs beyond what is provided by Supplementary Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid benefits.
Both third party created and self-created SNT’s provide benefits to a beneficiary who also receives SSI or Medicaid support and are intended to preserve eligibility for those benefits.
In addition to creating the trust, it is extremely important that families consider how a trust can be adequately funded. Funding must be realistic in relationship to the injured or disabled person’s needs. A trustee must also be established, preferably someone well versed in this area.
While government agencies recognize SNTs, they impose very stringent rules and requirements. It is vital that any family considering a Special Needs Trust consult an experienced Special Needs Attorney.


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