Estate Planning And Special Needs

Some family members require special care due to a physical or mental health impairment. Sometimes it is necessary for a person to obtain special legal authority to continue to provide the care and treatment their family member requires. If you are in such a situation, you can benefit from consulting with an attorney who is knowledgeable in special needs estate planning issues.

At The Mecca Law Firm in Paramus, we understand the unique challenges faced by parents and family members of children and adults with special needs. Our attorneys are trusted allies for families in Paramus and throughout northern New Jersey. Joseph Mecca was named one of the best lawyers for families by New Jersey Family magazine. We are here to help you help your loved one and to guide you through all aspects of the estate planning process.

Special Needs Trusts

A special needs trust is a valuable legal tool for providing financial resources to a person who relies upon upion means-tested public benefits. By establishing a special needs trust, you can help your loved one afford for:

  • Hobbies
  • Educational opportunities
  • Entertainment
  • Transportation
  • Dietary needs
  • A special attendant or caretaker

The key benefit of a special needs trust is that it does not render the recipient ineligible for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and other public benefits. With experienced legal guidance, you can provide welcome funds to a loved one and help enrich his or her life.

Guardianships

When a child with special needs reaches adulthood, it may be necessary for the parents to obtain legal guardianship so that they can continue providing care and support while making important decisions on behalf of their child. This is also true for an elderly person who is no longer able to make sound decisions for him- or herself. Our lawyers can help you understand the legal instruments you may need to make decisions on behalf of a loved one and how to obtain them.

Helping You Help Your Loved One

Our law firm has been helping New Jersey families since 1987, and we are here to help you provide care and support to your loved one with special needs. To learn more or to schedule a consultation with an experienced special needs planning attorney in Paramus, contact our law offices online or by telephone at 201-584-7388.