Special Needs Planning

Experienced Special Needs Estate Planning Attorneys Serving DC, Maryland, and Virginia


Special Needs Planning

Planning for the future of an individual with special needs requires an in­-depth understanding of the federal laws as they regulate the government benefits that are available for persons with Special Needs. In addition, a familiarity with common special needs and legal documents such as special needs trusts and guardianships is critical in assisting a family in providing for a family member with a special need.

There are important financial considerations as well for providing not just lifetime care, but quality of life. Approximately ten percent of American families have a family member who has either a mental or physical disability that will require special needs planning. Special needs planning can provide the security to ensure that your loved one with special needs has competent care and government benefits in the future.

Protecting Children With Special Needs

Antonoplos & Associates attorneys are also familiar in representing clients with issues stemming from medical insurance authorizations for specialized services and products such as physical therapy and medical equipment. Antonoplos & Associates meets the long­term planning needs of families with special needs in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

At Antonoplos & Associates we assist families to create a special needs plans that take their special loved one and their unique situation to heart. We listen to our clients to understand their goals and objective and the issues that concern them. With proper input from our clients we are able to create some truly remarkable trusts that are designed to protect the interests of their loved ones.

We assist families with special needs children with:

  • Preparation of Simple Wills and Complex Wills
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Guardianship for Adult Children
  • How to provide for all of their loved ones without jeopardizing the special needs child’s eligibility for means­-tested government benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid
  • How to design an estate plan that supplements the special needs child’s means-tested government benefits and enhances the quality of the child’s life
  • How to treat the other children equitably while providing for the special needs child
  • How to make sure sufficient funds are available at a parent’s death to care for the child
  • How to provide for the proper supervision, management, and distribution of an inheritance for the special needs child through a third­-party created and funded special needs trust (SNT)
  • Trusts for the benefit of Special Needs Children