Glenn Matecun – Special Needs Planning Attorney in Michigan
If you would like to speak with an attorney who focuses on helping clients plan for the care of their special needs children, then call our main office at (517) 548-7400, or click here to send us an email.
Americans in general, including those with disabilities, are living longer than ever before. Many disabled children (both minors and adults) rely on their parents for care and support. As the parent of a special needs child, you have no doubt asked yourself what will happen when you can no longer provide his or her care yourself if you became disabled or after you pass away. Where will your son or daughter live? Who will make financial decisions on his or her behalf? How will your special needs loved one get necessary care and financial support?
We can help you find answers to difficult questions like these and design a special needs plan that will:
- Address your concerns about protecting your child’s eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid and other government programs
- Maximize the amount of public and private resources available
- Help you address the planning needs of other members of your family
We will work closely with you to gain an understanding of your priorities and overall family objectives. We will also analyze your financial situation, which will allow us to determine what benefits are available to you today and what steps can be taken to ensure the needs of your loved one will be met in the future. Some of the most effective planning tools at our disposal are special needs trusts.
Special Needs Trusts
Special needs trusts are also known as supplemental needs trusts. There are many different types of special needs trusts, but in general they are used to maintain a special needs child’s eligibility for means tested government assistance programs such as SSI and Medicaid while simultaneously creating a fund to supplement the services and/or care not provided by government programs. This is possible because the trust, not the beneficiary, legally owns the trust’s assets, and these assets are not counted in determining eligibility for means tested programs.
Funds in the special needs trust can be used to pay for things like travel expenses, education, entertainment, a wheelchair-accessible van, special medical and dental care—in short, care and services that can significantly improve the quality of life of your loved one with special needs
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your particular situation. We can design a comprehensive special needs plan to ensure your loved one will receive the best possible care for the rest of his or her life.