While parents typically create estate plans to pass property and wealth to their children and also name potential guardians, children with special needs need plans in place. Special needs planning includes planning for the estate, creating supplemental special needs trusts and wills, helping selected family members become guardians, and planning for eligibility for government benefits. Vermont has recently approved ABLE accounts for those with special needs.
Selected services in this practice area:
- Prepare supplemental special needs trusts and estate plans for individuals with special needs and their families.
- Assist individuals and their advocates with applications and eligibility for governmental benefit programs, including Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Represent clients in administrative hearings regarding eligibility for governmental benefits and in court to establish special needs trusts