For families caring for a loved one with a disability, special needs trusts can provide peace of mind. Special needs trusts allow the family to improve the quality of life for the loved one, without jeopardizing eligibility for government benefits. It’s best not to give money or property directly to a person who needs government assistance because if you do, that gift will almost certainly make the loved one ineligible to receive aid. Third-party special needs trusts provide a solution to that problem and they also help to ensure that the beneficiary gets as much as possible out of the family’s gift.
You must follow the rules when creating and living with special needs trusts, but if your needs are simple, you may be able to do this work without a lawyer. Read the articles below to learn more about special needs trusts, how they work, how to make one, and when to see a lawyer.