Irving Special Needs Trusts Lawyer

Irving Special Needs Trust Attorney

Attorney in Dallas County Helping Clients Protect Their Loved Ones With Special Needs

Throughout your lifetime, you have undoubtedly worked very hard to provide for your family. With proper estate planning, you can continue to offer your loved ones security and peace of mind that can last for many years after your death. At the offices of Andrew Dunlap Attorneys, PLLC, we provide comprehensive estate planning services to families throughout North Texas. We know that caring for a dependent with a disability or special needs can be challenging, and we can assist you in creating a special needs trust to meet your dependent's long-term needs.

A special needs trust—often abbreviated as an "SNT"—is also commonly known as a supplemental needs trust. Like any trust, a special needs trust is a financial arrangement that places assets under the management of trustee for the intended benefit of the beneficiary or beneficiaries named by the trust's creator. There are many applicable regulations, rules, and laws that apply to special needs trusts, and our experienced estate planning lawyer can help ensure that your trust complies with all of them.

Understanding Special Needs Trusts in Texas

If you have a family member or a loved one with a disability or special needs, you probably realize that different government programs can provide assistance and financial benefits for that person. Each program has unique rules regarding eligibility for benefits, but many such state and federal programs take into account the income and available assets of the disabled applicant. With this in mind, a substantial inheritance could cause a disabled individual to be disqualified from benefit programs like Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid, even if the person in question has been receiving benefits for a long time.

A special needs trust, however, may provide a solution. When you place assets under the ownership of the trust instead of leaving them directly to a person with special needs, the assets are not considered to belong to that person. They belong to the trust. This means that the person's eligibility for government assistance programs will not be affected.

Types of Special Needs Trusts

There are two primary types of special needs trusts: first-party trusts and third-party trusts. A first-party special needs trust is a trust that is created and funded using assets that already belong to the intended beneficiary. For example, if a disabled individual were to receive a large settlement in a personal injury claim, the funds from the settlement could be placed into a first-party special needs trust. A third-party special needs trust is one that is created and funded using assets belonging to someone other than the beneficiary. Third-party trusts are commonly used in estate planning to provide for the long-term needs of a disabled dependent or loved one with special needs.

At the offices of Andrew Dunlap Attorneys, PLLC, we know that there are many requirements that will need to be met when creating and funding a special needs trust. Specific rules also exist regarding how the trust's assets can be used. Our skilled attorney will work with you in deciding whether a special needs trust is a good option for you and your family. If it is, we will help you choose a responsible trustee, fund the trust in accordance with all applicable laws, and ensure that your loved one is protected both now and for many years to come.

Contact a North Texas Attorney for Guidance Today

If you have questions about special needs trusts, contact our office at 972-807-6357 to get the answers. Schedule an initial consultation with our team today. We will work hard to ensure that your loved ones with special needs are properly cared for in your comprehensive estate plan.

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