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Special Needs Planning

Planning for Your Disabled Loved One

Persons with disabilities often need lifelong assistance with the routine tasks of living. At Hale Ball Carlson Baumgartner Murphy, PLC, our Fairfax estate planning attorneys work with disabled adults, their families and parents of special needs children to ensure high-quality care and support in living a full and healthy life.

We routinely work with families of children and adults with special needs to protect inheritances and qualify for public benefit programs. We advise and assist families with persons disabled through medical malpractice or accidents to ensure that any money received as a result of the personal injury is protected.

Our attorneys can assist you with your case involving:

  • Special Needs Trusts - Depending on the amount of money you leave behind for your special needs child, the government may see this and use it as a reason to cut down their assistance. In order to leave money behind and have it not affect your child's governmental assistance, it is important to create a special needs Trust with an estate planning lawyer. This way, you can still leave them money and property, but you can also feel safe in knowing that it will not reduce the money provided by the government.
  • Guardianships for Young Adults - Establishing a guardianship for your special needs child is extremely important. Whether you become incapacitated or pass away, a guardianship is used to appoint someone to step in and take care of them. This legal document can help you feel more at ease in knowing that your child will continue to stay protected, even if you are not the one watching over them.

We can also help you draft medical and financial powers of attorney or establish guardianship and conservatorship so that the parents or a trusted individual can help make the important decisions for the disabled adult.

Academy of Special Needs Planners

All of our attorneys are members of the Academy of Special Needs Planners. As part of our comprehensive special needs planning services, we can discuss eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, and other government benefits that may be available to your disabled loved one.

We can help you plan your estate using a special needs trust so the assets your child inherits can pay for goods and services not covered by government programs. We can assist in structuring personal injury and medical malpractice settlements to protect eligibility for government assistance.

Special needs planning is a priority at Hale Ball Carlson Baumgartner Murphy, PLC and is something that is not taken lightly. The proper care and protection of your special needs child deserves exceptional representation from a Fairfax County probate lawyer.

Call a Fairfax County estate planning lawyer to discuss your concerns and special needs planning goals!