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Long Term Planning (see also Special Needs Trust)

I can not stress enough… Plan long term! I waited and then I was hit with a lot of decisions all at once. Plan… Plan… Plan!
Marsha Bardsley

Special Needs Trust
A special needs trust is a trust designed for beneficiaries who are disabled, either physically or mentally. It is written so the beneficiary can enjoy the use of property that is held in the trust for his or her benefit, while at the same time allowing the beneficiary to receive essential needs-based government benefits.  There are administrative advantages of using a trust to hold and manage property intended for the benefit of the beneficiary if the beneficiary lacks the legal capacity to handle his or her own financial affairs.

In the United States, such trusts provide advantages in helping beneficiaries qualify for health care coverage under state Medicaid programs, and also for monthly cash payments under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program operated by the Social Security Administration.

Here is a website that offers further information:
http://specialchildren.about.com/od/longtermplanning/qt/fftrust.htm

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