Campbell & Smith Law, LLC
Serving North-Central Kentucky

Securing Long-Term Care For Your Special Needs Child

If you have a child (of any age) or other family member with special needs, you likely worry about who will care for them when you are no longer able to do so. This is a concern shared by the hundreds of thousands of adults over age 60 who currently care for children and other family members with a developmental disability or other special needs.

Thankfully, help is available. Special needs planning can be an integral aspect of elder law planning, and our firm is ready to guide you through the legal and financial logistics involved in establishing a special needs trust or other long-term care strategy.

What Is A Special Needs Trust?

If you want to leave funds behind for the benefit of your special needs child, the best and most reliable way to do so is often through a special needs trust. There are actually several different kinds of common trusts used for this purpose. While the details differ, they all share at least two common factors. First, the special needs child is always named as the beneficiary of the trust. Second, the beneficiary is not named as a trustee (he or she does not manage the trust or make decisions about it).

When you meet with our experienced lawyers, we will first take the time to understand your unique family circumstances and what kind of care your loved one needs now and will likely need in the future. Then, we will inform you of the options available to you and help you pick the trust or other strategy that is best suited to your situation.

What Else Will You Need?

If you are the primary caregiver for a family member with special needs, you have no doubt gained significant insight into your loved one's needs, preferences and challenges. It will be crucial to pass along that information in writing to future caregivers. We can help you draft a care plan that documents these important details.

Even with a special needs trust in place, it may also be a good idea to purchase life insurance, which can be used to supplement the funds already in the trust.

Contact Us To Discuss Your Legal Options

With an office in Williamstown, Campbell & Smith Law, LLC, is able to serve clients throughout most of Kentucky. To discuss your case with one of our skilled elder law attorneys, call us at 859-813-2026, or send us an email.

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