Planning Your Affairs When Faced with a Chronic or Terminal Illness

We mention often on our blog that each family will have unique circumstances and unique estate planning needs—this is especially true of families in which one member has a chronic or terminal disease such as cancer, diabetes, or, as mentioned in this article in Forbes, multiple sclerosis. For most people, the documents in their estate… Read More »

Leaving a Gift or Bequest to a Special Needs Child

If you have a child with special needs, planning your estate takes on a whole new dimension; especially, as this article in Forbes points out, now that “state and local governments are tightening income restrictions for medical benefits and supportive services, which are typically paid for by Social Security and Medicaid. Those services are tough… Read More »

Helping the Special People in Your Life: The Special Needs Trust

Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles often come into our offices to make estate plans, and one of the questions they ask is how they can support the people in their lives who have special needs. Special needs can include anything from Autism or Down Syndrome to Paralysis or blindness, and everything in between. These special… Read More »

Providing for the Special Heroes in Your Life

As an estate planning law firm we often have to take on the role of encouraging our clients to think and talk about difficult and sometimes sad issues.  Sometimes, however, we have the joy of sharing something truly heartwarming. This video about autistic high school basketball player Jason McElwain is one of those things. Check… Read More »

Special Needs Trust May Prolong Life of Beneficiary

Individuals with mental illnesses already have a number of unique challenges to face, and now Time Magazine tells us they have one more terrifying prospect, because, according to Time’s recent article by Kate Torgovnick “on average, people with severe mental illness die 25 years younger than the rest of the population.” There are many contributing… Read More »