As experienced Michigan special needs planning lawyers, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive, effective plans for families with special needs children and adults. We can help you find the assistance you need now, alleviate your concerns about protecting your loved one’s eligibility for SSI and other government benefits, and make sure he or she will be well cared for after you are gone or are no longer able to serve as the primary caregiver.
Special Needs Trusts
Some of the more powerful tools in the special needs planner’s toolbox are special needs trusts. There are several types of special needs trusts available. While each is intended to accomplish a variety of specific goals, in general they seek to maintain eligibility for means tested government assistance programs (such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income) while at the same time creating a fund to supplement the services and/or care not provided by means tested programs.
You should know that there are many different public assistance programs available, and each has its own set of rules for eligibility. In addition, the care requirements for a special needs child or adult change over time, as do the financial resources of the special needs loved one’s family. The laws governing eligibility and the benefits available constantly change as well. For a well-drafted special needs trust, and a truly effective overall special needs plan, you should seek counsel only from attorneys with experience in this highly specialized area of the law. At Witzke Berry Carter & Wander PLLC, we have the legal skills and experience necessary to help you provide the best possible quality of life for your special needs loved one. Contact us today to learn more.