Special Needs Trust Lawyers

Many parents struggle with the desire to leave an inheritance to disabled adult children but fear doing so will result in their child being disqualified from government benefits programs such as Medicaid, Supplementary Security Income, food stamps, public assistance, welfare and home energy assistance.

At the McMahon Law Firm, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, we help our clients create special needs trusts that allow disabled individuals the benefits of an inheritance without the risk of losing the government benefits they are receiving now or may receive in the future. Special needs trusts are also often referred to as supplemental needs trusts.

Located in Camillus, a suburb of Syracuse, the lawyers at the McMahon Law Firm have been serving the estate planning needs of upstate New Yorkers for more than 20 years.

Special Needs Trusts And Medicaid

When adult family members are physically or mentally disabled, they often rely on government services such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Leaving money or property to these individuals outright may cause them to become disqualified from these benefits.

In these circumstances, special needs trusts allow parents and other family members to leave money and property to their disabled family members without the risks of disqualification.

The Benefits Of A Special Needs Trust

While government services cover many disabled individuals' basic needs, they do not provide funds for many activities and services family members want their disabled relatives to enjoy.

The funds in a special needs trust can be used to allow disabled adults to live fuller, more comfortable lives. Common uses include:

  • Paying for personal products and services
  • Purchasing home goods
  • Paying for personal care attendants
  • Recreation and entertainment expenses
  • Vacation and travel costs
  • Covering education costs

Protect Your Loved Ones. Contact The McMahon Law Firm.

At the McMahon Law Firm, we provide clients with peace of mind. If you have a child or family member who is disabled, a special needs trust will allow you to provide care and support to supplement their government benefits. Contact our law offices at 315-849-9053 or 800-391-9987 to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced special needs trust attorneys. A member of our staff speaks .