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Trusts & Estates

Special Needs Planning

The day-to-day demands of caring for a child with special needs can be overwhelming. Often lost is the need to plan for when you can’t be there. Depending on your child’s particular needs, it can be quite costly to provide for his or her long-term care.

We recommend meeting with us before your child turns 18, at which point you may no longer be able to gain access to your child’s medical, educational, legal and financial records unless you have put a plan in place to do so.

There are several planning tools available:

  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Supplemental Needs Trusts
  • Special Needs Guardianships (Article 17-A)
  • Article 81 Guardianships
  • Medicaid Planning

We can also help with selecting the appropriate benefits – Social Security Disability Insurance, Medicaid, Medicare and more – and help determine which services your child will need throughout his or her lifetime.


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