Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation which amends New York law to allow mentally-competent disabled individuals under age 65 to establish a first-party Special Needs Trust without court petition.

In the past, when an individual with special needs had assets in his or her name which precluded his or her eligibility for government benefits, a

There are two types of special needs trusts – one designed to hold assets gifted or bequeathed to a person with special needs from a third party (a “Third-Party Special Needs Trust”), and one designed to hold assets that are already deemed to be owned by that person with special needs (a “First-Party Special Needs