Louisiana’s Special Needs Trust Law Firm
Caring for someone with special needs is a full-time, long-term commitment and often a labor of love. When you are no longer able to care for your loved one, however, your support can remain in place through a special needs trust.
A special needs trust is a specific legal instrument designed to help you continue to take care of your loved one with mental or physical disabilities after your death. When drawn up correctly, a special needs trust does not interfere with any public benefits your loved one may be entitled to. Instead, it supplements those resources.
Benefits of a Special Needs Trust
By leaving money to your disabled dependent in your will, you would prevent him or her from getting the public benefits they are entitled to. A special needs trust allows you to provide funds your beneficiary can use for:
- Personal care attendant
- Vehicle maintenance
- Supplemental education
- Attending religious services
- Athletic training
- Out-of-pocket dental expenses
- Recreational activities
A special needs trust is specifically structured to supplement, not replace, public benefits. Funds from the trust cannot be distributed directly to the beneficiary.
Special Needs Means Extra Responsibilities
When you are the parent of a child with special needs, your basic parental responsibilities are extended beyond the initial formative years. In some cases, you become a care-giver in perpetuity, and you need the legal resources to carry out this type of care-giving.
Adequately caring for a child who will not be able to take over their own legal responsibilities when they turn 18 requires a special needs trust. You will need the court to recognize your continuing guardianship of your child, and you need the ability to designate funds to be used for their enjoyment when you are gone.
Continuing Support for Your Beneficiaries
Irpino, Avin and Hawkins Law Firm has the expertise to guide you through the establishment of a special needs trust for your loved one. We understand the stress caused by contemplating how your child or other loved one will get along when you are gone. A carefully constructed special needs trust will give you the peace-of-mind of knowing they will be taken care of in the future.
Call our office at 1-800-7500-LAW or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how a special needs trust can protect your family.