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How Estate Planning Can Provide for a Relative with Special Needs

Special needs individuals require unique care. Those who are responsible for a special needs relative’s care understand this, and may worry how their loved one will thrive after they are gone.

Drafting an estate plan that covers your loved one’s special needs can help you rest assured knowing that your relative will receive the same care when you are no longer able to provide it to them. Learn more about special needs estate planning and how it may benefit your family.

What’s Included in a Special Needs Estate Plan?

There are two main elements to a special needs estate plan: ensuring that the disabled person continues to receive the medical treatment they need and that they do not lose access to their government benefits, such as Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, and more. Specifically, a special needs estate plan should involve:

  • Naming a guardian to care for your loved one once you can no longer do so
  • Finding a safe living situation for your loved one
  • Purchasing life insurance for your loved one
  • Creating a special needs trust that enables your loved one not to lose access to government benefits

Need Help with a Special Needs Estate Plan? Contact Us Today

Special needs estate planning can be complicated and requires the advice of a seasoned legal professional to ensure the estate plan includes everything your disabled loved one needs. If you would like to begin the special needs estate planning process, Pearson Butler is here to help. We know what it takes to draft an estate plan that follows federal and state guidelines while at the same time providing for your loved one’s needs.

Call us at (800) 265-2314 to schedule a consultation!