Special Needs Trusts
A special needs trust is a form of a trust and is usually established as an irrevocable trust. The main purpose of the Special Needs Trust is to prevent a disabled or aged beneficiary from losing benefits that are “asset sensitive”. Medi-Cal and SSI (Supplemental Security Income) are two examples.
Contact us today to take advantage of our free 30 minute consultation. Estate planning can save both time and money in the long run compared to the alternative of probate. Further, proper estate planning that includes a Special Needs Trust for your loved one is a very effective way to care for and protect one with a special need.
These types of benefits are called means tested Public benefits and they require that the recipient fall below a certain income level to qualify to receive those benefits. If, for example, somebody receiving these benefits were to get an inheritance in the form of a large lump sum they may lose their ability to collect these benefits. Properly implemented, the Special Needs Trust will help protect the beneficiary. Of course, there are many other issues that need to be addressed with the estate planning attorney of your choosing. Please feel free to read more about Special Needs Trusts in my Blog, and as always, feel free to contact me for your California legal needs.