Government programs intended to provide benefits to special needs individuals or disabled individuals are useful and help benefit the recipient. Although money and benefits received from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), does help somewhat, much of the time the amounts paid to the special needs person will not even surpass the poverty income level. What is worse is should this individual receive any modest inheritance of as little as $2,000, government benefits are quite likely to be cancelled or denied to the special needs or disabled person.
There are “tricks of the trade” which can be taken advantage of in order to help assure that benefits continue. Special needs trusts are a boon to families with special needs or disabled children and adults. It is not quite as simple and straight forward as driving to the local office supply store and purchasing a do-it-yourself trust or will kit.
There are a myriad of laws and intricate details which must be taken into account if the parents are to setup the long term-care of a special needs individual properly. Unless one or both of the parents are attorneys experienced in trusts, wills, and inheritance laws, seeking out a qualified lawyer or law firm is the best and most logical solution.
Performing a search on the internet for “special needs attorney” along with the local city name is a good start. Attorneys who advertise practicing in the area of family law can be qualified, however, the lawyer may not be fully aware of the specific needs or limitations of a disabled person. Many attorneys focusing on special needs individuals often have family members of their own who are disabled and therefore are intimately familiar with the ins and outs of the system.
Sufferers of cerebral palsy, autism, multiple sclerosis, or other debilitating disease are often disregarded due to the insufficiency of governmental bureaucracy. Because of this fact, non-profit organizations for disabled citizens can also be of great assistance by providing additional information to families with a special needs family member. Most, if not all of these organizations, have websites for individuals to reference. In fact many people would suggest starting here to quickly learn about taking the best steps forward. Discussion forums found on the internet can be an eye opener as well.
Regardless of the situation or timing, consulting a qualified attorney focusing on special needs family members can only benefit the special needs individual. As long as an attorney has taken the necessary steps, the benefits to the disabled person can be maximized and continue after the parents or spouse has passed away.