Just as it is important to go to the doctor, the dentist and the eye doctor and to review the status of your finances on a regular basis, it is as important to reevaluate your estate planning on a regular basis.
Over the course of any period of years, there can be multiple issues which arise – there can be changes to tax laws which affect planning decisions; there can be changes in a family’s financial situation (both increases and decreases in wealth) which affect the decisions that are appropriate; there can be changes in relationships with the people appointed to serve in various capacities (as executors, trustees, guardians); and there can be changes in situations with children which necessitate the need to revisit planning.
Where a child with special needs is involved, the need to revisit planning on a regular basis becomes even more paramount. First, it is critical to ensure that there is adequate funding for a plan on a long term basis. Since in many situations, these children will not be able to support themselves, this issue take on heightened importance. Further, changes in the law or in positions taken by state agencies may change what is appropriate for a special needs trust. Evaluating your plan at least every 1 or 2 years is crucial to ensure that you have the best plan in place for you and your loved ones.