Perhaps a doctor recently diagnosed your young child with Autism Spectrum Disorder or a severe developmental condition; or maybe your healthy child got seriously hurt playing football, causing a permanent disability related to brain damage. You need a qualified Florida special needs planning attorney to understand your challenges and meet them in a compassionate but strategic way.
You love your child to the moon and back, but having a child with special needs can cause financial, emotional, and physical stress for you and the rest of your family. For instance, you may need to spend months (or years) shuttling to and from various hospitals and therapy. Meanwhile, the costs of handling this care—not to manage the disruption it can create for your career—can add up. Although Florida and the federal government both offer benefits programs, to apply for and obtain these benefits—and to keep them flowing in—you must navigate a fearsomely bureaucratic maze.
What a Qualified Florida Special Needs Planning Attorney Can Do for You
Establishing financial documents, structures, and plans can help you manage the uncertainty and regain control over your family’s situation. For instance, our team can establish proper trust documents to protect children on public benefits. Even if the child receives an inheritance, he or she will be able to continue to receive public assistance.
Alternatively, perhaps another person or company caused or contributed to the injury and you have been awarded compensation. If so, we can work closely with your personal injury attorney to ensure that the settlement is structured properly. We can help you establish something called a Special Needs Trust (also called a Supplemental Needs Trust), which can contribute to the benefits that the special needs child can obtain from the government. In doing so, the process can allow you to bypass frustrating “periods of ineligibility.”
Why Planning Is So Important
Planning is essential for peace of mind. Any funds that you manage to set aside for your child’s care should be properly managed. If you have other children, you don’t want to neglect them or their needs while you are taking care of your special needs child. Your situation is likely dynamic; it might change over time, for better or for worse.
Please consider calling Florida estate planning attorney Horacio Sosa today at 954-532-9447 to learn more about your rights and options for caring for your family.