Special Needs Planning


Special Needs Planning

Special Needs Trusts

A Special Needs Trust can be an important tool for a disabled individual who is, or may become eligible, for Supplemental Security Income or Medicaid but has excess assets preventing eligibility. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is the Social Security program that grants income to people who are age 65 or older, blind or disabled with limited income and assets.

Legal Planning for Living with a Chronic Medical Condition

In 1900, most people died younger from communicable diseases and after relatively short illnesses. Today, we are more likely to die older from one or more chronic conditions and after an extended period of illness. The decisions involved with planning for disability associated with chronic conditions can be difficult to make. Recognizing that developing a plan is the goal and that plans can (and should) be revised over time may help you assume a proactive role when it comes to legal matters. Click here to read an article, written by Janna Dutton, Certified Elder Law Attorney, regarding this important topic.

Is Your Child with Special Needs Turning 18 (or Already Has?)

If so, you probably have many questions. You may be wondering:

  • Should I apply for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration for my child?
  • Is my child eligible for Illinois Medicaid program benefits?
  • Do the funds I and other family members set aside for my child’s education impact his or her eligibility for SSI and Medicaid?
  • Should I be appointed guardian for my child?
  • What might happen if I do not have a guardian appointed for my child? and
  • Do I need a Supplemental or Special Needs Trust for my child?
Brochure on Guardianship

This brochure contains general information on the topic of guardianship. Click here to download the publication.

Healthcare Communication Board for Medical, Physical, and Emotional Information

For people who are unable to speak, this tool will assist with communication. Click here to download the publication.

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