Why is estate planning important when you have a child with special needs?
Preparing for the day when you won’t be around to care for your family is a challenge that all parents face. But as a parent of a
child with special needs, your estate planning needs are especially complex. Your will, and other estate planning documents you
prepare, must address your unique concerns. These concerns may include:
• Providing for adequate lifetime care or assistance
• Appointing someone to manage your adult child’s finances
• Maintaining your child’s eligibility for government benefits
• Avoiding family conflicts
An attorney and other financial professionals experienced in planning for children with special needs can help you draft a
comprehensive estate plan to ensure that your child is well provided for after your death. If you already have an estate plan in
place, you should have all existing legal documents reviewed (and revised, if necessary) to make sure they address your family’s
Learn more here: Providing for your child with special needs after your death.