Special Needs Planning Attorney
If you have a loved one with special needs, we’re here to help. The mission of our special needs planning attorney is to help your family care for your loved one, no matter their age. We will act as an advocate for your loved one throughout his or her entire life, for everything from decision-making to applying for Medicaid. You will no longer have to worry about your loved one or ask yourself questions that you’re unsure of how to answer.
Setting Up Legal Guardianship or a Conservatorship
As the legal guardian of a loved one with disabilities, you’ll be allowed to make decisions on their behalf. Sometimes, a person who is disabled is still able to make decisions on their own and execute their own documents. Other times, though, they’ll need a legal guardian to handles these decisions for them. Your special needs planning attorney will be able to help you decide whether or not your loved one needs a legal guardian. Also, if you decide to become the legal guardian or conservator, we will walk you through the process.
Applying for Government Benefits
Supplemental Security Income is in place to guarantee a certain monthly income for people who are disabled so that they can afford basic living expenses. The amount that your loved one will collect takes a few factors into consideration, including how much is available from the state and federal governments. If your loved one qualifies for SSI, they should also qualify for Medicaid, which is a healthcare system run by the government intended to cover a variety of healthcare costs.
Social Security Disability Income is another type of government program that your loved one may be eligible for. SSDI gives benefits to disabled people who are not able to work. However, your loved one must meet the strict requirements set forth by the Social Security definition in order to be eligible. Our special needs planning attorney will be able to determine whether or not your loved one meets eligibility standards for SSDI.
Understanding Special Needs Trusts
A special needs trust can be set up by our special needs planning attorney. The purpose of the trust is to supplement the income of the disabled person in order to pay for any necessities or wants that government benefits do not cover. For example, if you have a malpractice or personal injury settlement, the special needs trust set up by our special needs planning attorney can protect the proceeds while still making your loved one eligible for programs such as Medicaid.
When setting up a special needs trust, your attorney will make sure that the trust meets the specific guidelines set forth by the government. If a trust is set up that does not comply with these requirements, your loved one could potentially lose their government assistance. This is why it’s integral to have an experienced attorney on your side.
Contact Our Special Needs Planning Attorney
You may be wondering who will take care of your loved one once you’re gone. Government programs often have strict requirements for eligibility, and these requirements are both health- and finance-related. We will work with you to get these benefits and to maintain these benefits even once you’ve passed. Even if you’ve been told that your loved one or your family is not eligible for a certain program, we will take the steps necessary to meet the necessary requirements and secure eligibility.
When you have a special needs planning attorney working on your behalf, you can have the peace of mind to know that your loved one will always be protected. Contact us today to discuss special needs planning.