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Planning for Your Special Needs Child

Planning for Your Special Needs Child

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Planning for Your Special Needs Child

Author: Amy Newman, Esq.
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If you are the parent of a special needs child, you already know that you face different challenges than other parents do. You must face health and planning issues early on, including who will care for your child when you’re not here.

That’s where this Real Life Legal™ guide comes in. Written by an attorney with firsthand experience raising a special needs child, you’ll learn the ins and outs of planning for your child’s future. If your child has special needs—whether autism, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, spina bifida, ADHD or some other disability that may make him or her eligible for public assistance—it’s important to be proactive in planning for your child’s future.

Simple yet in-depth information is provided on:

  • The importance of creating trusts to maintain eligibility for Medicaid.
  • Obtaining guardianship of your child when he or she turns eighteen years of age.
  • Understanding a Katie Beckett TEFRA wavier.
  • Doing estate planning early to provide for a time when you can no longer care for your child.

Whether your child is two, twenty-two or forty-two, it is never too early or too late to start planning for a special needs child.

We cover that all here. And make it easy to understand.

Real Life Legal™ wants you to be prepared.

Amy Newman is a writer and attorney who has worked in trusts and estates and is the parent of a special needs child. She is licensed to practice law in Alaska and Illinois.

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Table of Contents

What This Book’s About

What Does “Special Needs” Mean?

Not “One Size Fits All”

Special Needs Planning: Do I Need a Lawyer?

You Need a Lawyer for Estate Planning with a Special Needs Child

You Can Apply for Benefits and Public Assistance Without a Lawyer

Getting Needs-Based Public Assistance for Your Child

Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Income

Income and Resource Limits for SSI Eligibility

SSI & SSDI Disability Determination

An Adult Disabled Child’s Benefits Through a Parent’s Status

Applying for SSI & SSDI Benefits

Medicaid Benefits for a Special Needs Child

Medicaid Eligibility Based on Low Income

Medicaid Eligibility Based on Disability

TEFRA Medicaid State Plan Option/Katie Beckett Waiver

Home- and Community-Based Waivers

Applying for Medicaid

Medicaid Application Process

State Disability Determination

Level of Care Determination

Planning for the Future: Using Trusts

Using a Trust That Preserves Public Assistance

Self-Settled Trusts

Court-Approved Special Needs Trusts

Non-Court-Approved Special Needs Trusts

Pooled Income Trusts

Medicaid Payback Provisions

Third-Party Supplemental Needs Trust

Create an SNT (Not an SST) When Possible

Guardianship and Conservatorship of the Adult Disabled Child

Types of Guardianship

Becoming Your Adult Child’s Guardian or Conservator

Appointment Proceedings

Duties of a Guardian

Don’t Put Off Planning Your Estate

What Your Will Accomplishes

Establishing Trusts

Legacies to Special Needs Children Should Be Left in Trust for Them

Nomination of Guardian and Conservator for a Child Under Age Eighteen

Choosing a Guardian

Concluding Thoughts

Additional Resources


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