Top estate planning attorney Kelly Shovelin, founder of Four Pillars Law Firm, PLLC in Wilmington, NC details how a special needs trust can protect your disabled child. For more information please visit https://www.fourpillarslawfirm.com
— In a recent interview, leading estate planning attorney Kelly Shovelin, founder of Four Pillars Law Firm, PLLC in Wilmington, NC details how a special needs trust can protect your disabled child.
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Then asked to comment Shovelin said “There are several options in passing down your estate to a child, such as leaving an inheritance or placing an estate with close family members, however, the best way to ensure long-term protection for your disabled child is by setting up a special needs trust.”
The main reason is that special needs trusts prevent a disabled child from losing government benefits such as supplemental security income or Medicaid.
When asked to elaborate, Shovelin commented, “Contrary to what many think, leaving an inheritance to someone who is reliant on government assistance can do more harm than good. An inheritance negatively impacts a child’s ability to qualify for certain programs.”
Included in these programs are services that your disabled child might need throughout their lifetime such as assisted or group housing, employment support, personal care aides, assistance in transportation and specialized medical services.
If government support is restricted or limited in some way, Shovelin says, a special needs trust can provide financial security.
“If for any reason your child is no longer able to fully benefit from public assistance, the money held in this type of trust will act as a source of backup funds that can be made available to your child.”
Setting up a special needs trust can also ensure the trust assets are well managed and work to the benefit of your disabled child for the long term.
“One of the main features about a special needs trust is that the assets held in the trust are not directly available to the child, but must first be released by a trustee. In addition to dispensing the money, a trustee also acts as a child’s money manager to ensure the funds are spent as intended,” she said.
Shovelin added that properly setting up a well drafted special needs trust to carry out your wishes can be tricky, so consulting a professional estate planning attorney is essential. “It’s not enough to simply write down what you want done with your estate. The best thing to do is to contact a lawyer who works exclusively in this area so that he or she can assist you in mapping out a legal plan that’s best for you and your disabled child,” she said.
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