How Estate Planners Can Help Parents of Young Children

Parents of young children are tired, anxious, and a bit overwhelmed. They’re balancing parenting goals with career goals and, more often than not, feeling like they’re meeting neither. They know they need a . . . will? Or is it a trust? Or a living will, didn’t someone mention that once? What the parents know they need, on a basic level, is some document that tells the world who they wish to care for their children should the parents die before their kids reach adulthood. Here’s how estate planning attorneys can best help. Continue reading

Getting Out of the Pool: Special Needs Trust Planning After the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act

For many of us, an unanticipated influx of money leads to getting that remodel off the ground, paying for college, or taking that long-dreamed-of vacation. For persons with disabilities, that same influx can lead to a loss of vital public benefits. The influx means the person needs to seek legal advice on whether to establish a first-party special needs trust (SNT) or join a first-party pooled SNT. See 42 USC §1396p(d)(4)(A) or 42 USC §1396p(d)(4)(C). Continue reading