Special Needs Planning

Estate Planning Customized for Those with Special Needs Families

Everyone should have a good estate plan in place as soon as possible to help ensure their assets, and their loved ones, are prepared should something happen to them. Those who provide care for someone with special needs, however, have an especially strong need to have their estate planning done. They also have a variety of important aspects of this type of planning that they need to take extra care to ensure are done properly. Special needs estate planning can make a huge difference in how your special needs child, parent, or other loved one is cared for both now, and after you pass away.

You can click here to read about estate planning in general, which will apply to your situation as well. For information specifically about special needs estate planning, please continue reading.

Adults with Special Needs

Adults with mental illness or developmental disabilities and their families face significant legal and monetary challenges. The Matus Law Group is passionate about helping families plan for vital financial and decision-making support. We advocate for the initial and continued eligibility for adult services and vital government benefits. We represent families in guardianship and conservatorship proceedings. Special needs attorney Christine Matus is knowledgeable in all aspects of special needs trusts and powers of attorney to ensure the long-term safety and well-being of special needs adults.

Children with Special Needs

Planning for children with special needs is a priority at The Matus Law Group. We serve to ensure that your child with a disability will always have an advocate and protector of their legal rights, and access to the care, special education and support they need. We help you put the right plan in place so that governmental benefits and private funds cannot be denied or terminated during your lifetime, or after you pass. Special needs attorney Christine Matus will work with you to create a solid plan that provides for your loved one now and long after you are gone.

Guardianship

Guardianships protect the rights and welfare of individuals who are not able to care for themselves. Guardianship actions are based solely on incapacity. When appropriate, we help families and loved ones properly establish guardianships of minor children, and of adult disabled children. We also represent adult children to become the guardians of their incapacitated elderly parents. We will work closely with you to design a solution that works appropriately and respectfully for all parties involved, paying the utmost attention to preserving the dignity and well-being of the person who is in need of care.

Conservatorship

An alternative to a guardianship, a conservatorship is a voluntary action that is overseen by the court, yet is not based solely on an individual’s mental incapacity. Conservatorships are often sought when an aging parent or grandparent is not entirely incapacitated, but wishes to have help managing their property and financial affairs. Our lawyers handle all aspects of conservatorship actions, including initiation of conservatorship proceedings, accounting of finances, representing conservators, contesting the validity of the conservatorship, and more.

Powers of Attorney

A power of attorney is a document that appoints a trusted person of your choosing the legal authority to act on your behalf in various legal, healthcare, and business matters in the event that you become incapacitated, or when you cannot be present. The important uses and benefits of powers of attorney cannot be overstated, and become the backbone of a strong and well thought out estate plan.

Don’t Put It Off Another Day – We’re Here to Help

If you are providing care for someone with special needs, having a special needs estate plan in place is absolutely essential. Please contact us  to discuss your options, and get everything moving forward right away. We’ll work hard for you and your loved one to help ensure they receive the care they need today and long into the future.