3 Tips for Planning a Special Needs Trust
When you're planning to care for a loved that has special needs, such as mental or physical disabilities, you want to ensure the steps you take will actually meet your goals and accomplish what they need. Our Boulder Valley attorneys understand this. Attorney Diedre Wachbrit Braverman has a brother with special needs, so she understands the process on a very personal level.
Call for a free consultation with our experienced local lawyers at (303) 800-1588.The Top 3 Things to Consider in a Special Needs Trust
Here are three tips to help you get the planning right the first time.
- Customize the trust — The plan you create should be one that meets the specific needs of your loved one. What is their unique situation? Work with an attorney who is willing to customize your plan rather than trying to use a canned trust document. Make sure the trust meets the needs of your loved one.
- Choose your trustee wisely — When you select the trustee or group of trustees, make sure they are the right people for the job. Being a trustee comes with the responsibility of making life decisions that will affect your loved one. Don't take this decision too lightly. In family affairs such as this, people also sometimes make the mistake of selecting a sibling or other caregiver because they think that person is in charge and needs to be put in this position of responsibility. But you need to look at this as a decision that must be best for the person with the special needs.
- Plan before you need the plan — The biggest mistake people make in future planning is putting it off. The best time to plan is truly before you need the plan. You don't want to be making important decisions about caring for your loved one at the eleventh hour when you are in a tight spot and need something put in place because circumstances have become emergent. Be proactive. Plan now.
At Braverman Law Group, LLC, we know what it's like to want your loved one to have the best care options possible. We can assist you in making those plans and choice to ensure your family member will have what they need when they need it. Call us in Colorado at (303) 800-1588 for a free initial consultation about your special needs trust and other types of trusts you may need. You can also email the firm to make your appointment.