Estate Planning Isn’t Just For The Elderly

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Creating And Funding A Special Needs Trust

When a loved one needs extra or long-term care due to a long-term physical or mental disability, a special needs trust is an estate planning tool that can make sure a loved one is taken care of. Our long-term care and estate planning lawyers at Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP, in White Plains regularly assist clients throughout south-central New York prepare strategic estate plans to ensure that their financial resources go where their clients need and want them to go, while minimizing the estate tax consequences.

First-Party Special Needs Trusts

A special needs trust has a grantor and a beneficiary. A first-party trust is funded by the beneficiary themselves. In other words, the grantor of the special needs trust is also the beneficiary of the trust. A first-party trust is used to protect and preserve a beneficiary’s assets and financial resources for themselves, while still allowing them to qualify for Medicaid assistance and long-term care support. A first-party trust must include a Medicaid repayment provision, stating that Medicaid will be repaid before any remaining assets are distributed to heirs.

Third-Party Special Needs Trusts

A third-party special needs trust is funded by a grantor who is not the beneficiary. In a third-party special needs trust, the grantor wants to make sure that the beneficiary’s long-term care needs are met, should anything happen to the grantor. A third-party special needs trust can be set up as a revocable or irrevocable trust. A special needs trust can be funded with cash, property, investments, retirement funds or life insurance funds. An experienced wealth management attorney can help you determine the best way to fund a special needs trust based on your specific financial portfolio.

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Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP