The Special Needs Alliance is a national organization comprised of attorneys committed to helping individuals with disabilities, their families and the professionals who serve them. Many of our members have loved ones with special needs; all of them work regularly with public benefits, guardianships/conservatorships, planning for disabilities and special education issues. They collaborate with advocates throughout the special needs community to improve quality of life for individuals with disabilities.
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Special needs attorneys have daily experience with the issues that matter to individuals with disabilities– but which are largely unfamiliar to other counsel. They can advise you about:
- qualifying and applying for appropriate public benefits;
- creating special needs trusts (SNTs) to protect eligibility for means-tested government programs;
- availability of local services and supports;
- special education;
- guardianship and powers of attorney.
Managing Partner of Surprenant & Beneski, P.C., Dan Surprenant, a member of the Special Needs Alliance wrote the following article for their website.
Special needs trusts (SNTs) are financial instruments designed to enhance quality of life for individuals with disabilities by supplementing the government benefits available to them. Assets held in SNTs aren’t counted when determining an individual’s eligibility for means-tested public programs such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Since personal circumstances change, it sometimes makes sense to update an SNT. But how can you tell when it’s time to modify one?
First party SNTs, which are funded with the beneficiary’s own resources, are irrevocable, meaning that they can’t be revised. But third party SNTs, which hold funds that originated with someone other than the beneficiary, can be structured to be revocable, so they can be altered. While it’s a good idea to review an SNT on your own each year, you generally won’t need to amend it unless you or the beneficiary have experienced major changes in your personal circumstances.
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