Supplemental Security Income

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.

Estate planning is an important aspect of an overall financial plan for any individual, but it takes on even greater significance for the parents of children with special needs. Parents of children with special needs face a number of unique estate planning decisions that should be carefully considered with professional assistance. These considerations include:

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