Arkansas Special Needs Planning Attorney

If you currently provide care for a child or loved one with special needs (such as mental or physical disabilities), you must have thought what happens to him or her when you are no longer able to serve as the caretaker.

While you can certainly plan for your loved one to receive money and assets upon your passing, such a bequest may prevent them from qualifying for essential benefits under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid programs.  If you do not leave them any assets, the benefits provided by these and other programs are generally limited to the bare necessities such as food, housing and clothing.  As you can imagine, these limited benefits will not provide the resources that would allow your loved one to enjoy a richer quality of life.  Fortunately, the government has established rules allowing assets of the individual with special needs to be held in trust, called a “Special Needs” or “Supplemental Needs” Trust without resulting in disqualification for SSI and Medicaid, as long as certain requirements are met.

 Our law firm can help you set up a special needs trust so that government benefit eligibility is preserved while at the same time providing assets that will meet the supplemental needs of the person with a disability (those that go beyond food, shelter, and clothing and the medical and long term support and services of Medicaid).



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