In 1993, Congress enacted Section 1917(d)(4)(A) of the Social Security Act, authorizing the establishment of special needs trusts (also called first-party trusts and self-settled trusts).  First-party special needs trusts enable disabled individuals to set aside their funds to pay for supplemental care while enabling those individuals to remain eligible for government benefits. See 42 U.S.C.

Clients occasionally come to us because their community would like to raise funds on behalf of their child with special needs.  It is important that a proper special needs trust is set up before these gifts are made so that assets are not inadvertently given to the special needs child individually.  A friend or family