Do you have a loved one with special needs?
If so, your loved one needs a special plan.
If you are the parent of a child with special needs, your greatest hope for that child is probably that your child lives a long, happy and enjoyable life . . . and that you live just one moment longer. In the alternative, your greatest fear is probably that there will come a day when you are no longer able to provide and take care of your special needs child. While you may go to extraordinary lengths while you are living to ensure your special needs child receives every advantage in life, you also need to plan ahead to ensure your child continues to receive every advantage when you are no longer able to provide for and protect your loved one in person.
It is important for you to plan carefully for your child’s future and develop a life care plan for your child with special needs. You need to meet with one or more professionals to determine answers to some of the following questions (though in no way an exclusive list of considerations):
1) Medical. What is your loved one’s diagnosis and what is the most effective treatment? What are the likely limitations that will result from your loved one’s disability and what opportunities may be available for social development?
2) Education. What educational opportunities are available? Can your loved one receive mainstream education or will special education be required?
3) Employment. What opportunities may be available for work? Of course, this is important not only from a financial standpoint, but from a socialization and self-worth aspect for your loved one as well.
4) Living Arrangements. What arrangements will ensure your loved one with special needs will always have a safe and clean living environment? Will your loved one be able to live independently or with another family member, or should a group home be considered?
5) Financial. How will all of the above arrangements be paid for on behalf of your loved one? Who will help your loved one manage his or her finances with or on behalf of your loved one? Should the inheritance for your loved one with special needs be left to them outright or in a supplemental needs trust?
Of course, the above questions and considerations are just a starting off point toward developing a comprehensive life care plan for your loved one with special needs.
At Four Pillars Law Firm, we understand that you and your family are facing a host of unique legal issues and other challenges unfamiliar to most of your friends and peers. We strive to navigate you through this difficult maze of obstacles and opportunities to ensure you develop a life care plan that is tailored to the meet the special needs of your loved one.
If you have a loved one with special needs and would like to learn more about how to proactively and properly provide for them when you are no longer able to do so, please take a moment to read “Special Planning for a Loved One with Special Needs.”
If you would like to learn more about what we can do for you and your loved one, please Contact Us today.