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.

Sometimes family members consider disinheriting a child with special needs to avoid putting the child with special needs at risk of becoming ineligible for government assistance.  Parents may leave assets to a typical child instead of dividing the assets between the child with special needs and the typical child, and they rely on the typical

There are several circumstances where it is appropriate to terminate a third party Special Needs Trust. A third party trust is a trust that is comprised of assets that were either gifted or bequeathed from someone other than the trust beneficiary. Most commonly, a termination will occur at the beneficiary’s death. In this situation, the