If you have a special needs child of any age, it is a great responsibility that is accompanied by legal complexities. At Sessions’ Estate Planning and Probate Group, special needs planning is a focus of our practice. Whether you are seeking to care for a minor or adult with special needs, our special needs planning attorneys can help you understand your rights and responsibilities, and guide you through the legal intricacies of caring for these special loved ones. If your special needs child is approaching 18 years of age, you need to take proactive legal steps now to be able to continue providing him or her with the care he or she needs. Our lawyers can help you understand your rights and responsibilities, and help you obtain the legal orders you need to care for your child as he or she becomes an adult.
Special Needs Trusts
Simply gifting or leaving money or other assets may seem like a generous thing to do, but if the recipient of such a well-meaning gift or inheritance is receiving means-tested government benefits, such a heartfelt gesture could leave him or her ineligible for those crucial public benefits. Programs such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provide for only the bare essentials of life. If you want your loved one to enjoy a richer quality of life while maintaining eligibility to these programs, you may be able to do so by utilizing a Special Needs Trust.
Special Needs Trusts are government-recognized instruments designed to supplement public benefits, not replace them. A Special Needs Trust can provide your loved one with the resources he or she needs for transportation, entertainment, hobbies, trips and other items that go beyond food and shelter.
Our lawyers have extensive experience establishing Special Needs Trusts and can help you establish legal plans that protect the interests of your loved ones. One of our attorneys is the sole New Orleans Member of the Special Needs Alliance.
Contact Our Experienced Attorneys
If you are seeking guidance for special needs planning in Louisiana, our attorneys are here to help. Contact us online or by telephone at 504-582-1500 to arrange a consultation with a Special Needs Planning lawyer in New Orleans.