Logan Special Needs Planning Lawyers Helping to Ensure Peace of Mind in Your Loved One’s Future
Parents and guardians of children with special needs face challenges some other parents may never have to consider. Parents of mentally or physically handicapped children must wonder who will provide financially and medically for their child after they pass away. Special needs planning is designed to help parents enact a plan for their child’s future success.
At Amicus Law Firm, we believe you should enjoy every day with your child, and feel hope for the future instead of worry or doubt. If your child is disabled or has special needs, you must make careful choices to ensure a promising and secure future.
What Exactly is Special Needs Planning?
Special needs planning encompasses the legal, financial, and social care aspects of your special needs child. Parents often wonder: how will my special needs child have financial security when I pass away? How can I ensure the quality of life for my special needs child? If medical expenses arise, how will my child afford this? It’s important to create a comprehensive plan that enables your loved one to have a successful and stable future.
Consult with a special needs attorney to get started on the process of planning for your child’s future. When your child reaches certain milestones, certain steps must be considered. For example, in many states, families contact an attorney before their child’s 18th birthday. In many states, when a child turns 18, parents are no longer automatically called upon to make important financial, educational, or medical decisions for their child. Amicus Law Firm provides legal counsel under the law in the Logan, Utah region.
Have You Thought of Everything?
When your special needs child turns 18, you may be interested in establishing a power of attorney or legal guardianship. An attorney will help you decide what’s best for your family. Deciding whether a power of attorney or legal guardianship is best relies on the degree to which your special needs child is disabled. If your special needs child has the opportunity to live life somewhat independently, you may not need to designate someone to assist with making important decisions. A skilled attorney at Amicus Law Firm will understand these unique circumstances, and work to provide the best long-term special needs care plan.
When a special needs child turns 18, they may also become eligible for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), food stamps, or other government-issued financial assistance programs. Understanding the scope of these public assistance programs is vital when your child becomes an adult. If your child is unfit to hold a job or provide adequate care for themselves, it is likely they will require government-issued financial assistance. Amicus Law Firm can help you complete this application to maximize your outcome.
If you believe your special needs child qualifies for Medicaid, a special needs attorney can help with Medicaid planning and the application process. Special needs parents often ask themselves: Does my child need or will they in the future need full-time care? Will my child need to live in an assisted living facility?
How much money your child will require monthly to ensure their quality of life will depend on the specific needs of that child. Not everything may be covered by public program assistance, so you must determine how much money you’ll need to pay out of pocket for certain expenses. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities can cost thousands of dollars every month. Expenses can skyrocket in the unfortunate event that your special needs loved one requires additional medical care over the years, such as if they experience an injury or a decline in mental capability.
Why is Timing So Important?
Speak with a special needs lawyer earlier rather than later. This can help determine how much money should be set aside, whether in an estate, a trust, or in a standard savings account. A special needs lawyer will discuss your child’s eligibility for government-funded assistance such as Medicaid or SSI.
When you establish a trust, your child’s eligibility to receive these types of assistance may be at stake. A qualified Utah estate planning attorney at Amicus Law Firm will consider this, and discuss all of your options in the context of Utah law. Our team of lawyers can provide legal advice for financing your child’s future without jeopardizing their ability to receive the help they might require later in life.
Special needs planning can be an overwhelming process for parents. We understand that you want what’s best for your child and have concerns for their wellbeing when you ultimately pass away. At the Amicus Law Firm, we believe it shouldn’t have to be. We are compassionate and qualified individuals who are accustomed to working with families of the disabled in the Logan, Utah region.
Contact one of our special needs planning attorneys today for a no-obligation consultation of your case. Reach out to us at 435-915-4454.