If you are raising a child with a physical or developmental disability, we can help you cope with the many legal, financial, social, and medical issues involved. We have the experience and knowledge of the law to help you obtain the assistance you need now and ensure your special needs child will be cared for according to your wishes when you are no longer able to serve as primary caregiver. We can also:

  • Alleviate your concerns about protecting your child’s eligibility for SSI and other government benefits
  • Determine the specific benefits available to you and your special needs loved one
  • Maximize the amount of public and private resources available to you
  • Help you address the planning needs of other members of your family
  • Help you find a qualified care giver through our extensive network of care professionals
  • Review your plan periodically to take into account changes in your family, financial or medical situation

 

Special Needs Trusts

While there are a wide range of special needs trusts, in general they seek to maintain eligibility for means tested government assistance programs such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) while providing supplemental services not provided by Medicaid and SSI. These services can dramatically improve the quality of life for your special needs child. Here is a partial list of the supplemental services available through a properly designed, implemented and funded special needs trust.

  • Annual check-ups at an independent medical facility
  • Attendance of religious services
  • Supplemental education and tutoring
  • Out-of-pocket medical and dental expenses
  • Transportation (including purchase of a vehicle)
  • Maintenance of vehicles
  • Purchase materials for a hobby or recreation activity
  • Funds for trips or vacations
  • Funds for entertainment such as movies, shows or ballgames
  • Purchase of goods and services that add pleasure and quality to life: computers, videos, furniture, or electronics
  • Athletic training or competitions
  • Special dietary needs
  • Personal care attendant or escort

If you are raising a child with special needs, contact us today to discuss your particular situation. As Thomasville, Georgia special needs planning attorneys, we can help ensure that your child receives the best possible care for the rest of his or her life. And help you experience greater peace of mind in the process.