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One of the most effective ways to prepare for the future of your child with special needs is to establish a Special Needs Trust tailored to the individual needs of your loved. Special Needs Trusts, also known as Supplemental Needs Trusts, are usually set up as inter vivos trusts for the benefit of one child. The Trust is created separately from a family’s estate for tax purposes and is managed by a trustee.

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Several ways to fund your trust

Establishing an estate plan is just the first step in preparing for your future care and the future care of your loved ones. If you have chosen to set up a trust for tax and probate purposes, it is important to stick to a regular schedule of funding your trust. Funding your trust is the process of re-naming your assets so that they are in the Trust’s name and therefore …

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People who leave a large sum of money to a loved one with a disability are always doing so with the best intention at heart. On its face, a lump sum in the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars seems like a gift that will help care for your loved one for a long time. However, this is not always the case.

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If you are the caregiver for an individual with special needs, there is a good chance he or she is receiving public benefits such as Social Security disability. Public benefits are subject to strict income restrictions, which, if exceeded can result in the loss of funds that your loved one has come to depend on. Because of these restrictions, leaving assets directly to a beneficiary who is receiving public benefits …

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When you can no longer care for a loved one with special needs, a Letter of Guidance can help make their transition to a new living situation go as smoothly as possible. The Letter of Guidance, written on the premise that no one knows a child better than a parent, contains important information about your loved one’s history, likes, dislikes, current health and emotional status, hopes and dreams, as well as what your wishes are for their future.

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Establishing a supplemental needs trust to benefit your loved one with special needs is a very important step in ensuring they will be cared for when you are no longer able to provide such support. However, there are many things to consider other than finances when planning for your loved one’s future. For example, where will they live? Who will be their guardian or trustee? What will their daily work …

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The cost of caring for a loved one with special needs after you are gone will likely be more than you estimate. Unexpected and unforeseen costs are a reality, so it is important that you leave your loved one with more than you think they may need. Once you have created a supplemental needs trust, your extended family and close friends can make gifts to it, or they can consider …

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Caring for a loved one is a situation that many people find themselves in, and the caregiver’s status as a guardian should be made official by the law. Often times, individuals begin taking care of a relative or loved one without thinking about the need for official legal documentation. If you are managing the health and financial decisions of loved one, becoming their legal guardian will simplify many common tasks.

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