Drafting Special-Needs Trusts

A special-needs trust enables you to provide financially for the care of a family member with a mental impairment or physically disability. An attorney who understands the applicable federal and state regulations should draft this so that the beneficiary is still eligible for need-based government benefits.

Washington attorney Jennifer Rydberg has been helping people in Kent and Seattle and throughout King County with their estate planning needs since 1978. Contact her today at 425-235-5535 to arrange your initial consultation.

How does a Special-Needs Trust Work?

A special-needs trust provides for a disabled child, vulnerable adult, elderly parent or other relative with a neurological impairment, mental illness or physical disability that makes him or her dependent on you for support. If that family member is eligible to inherit, he or she might be disqualified from government need-based programs such as Medicaid or Social Security Disability.

When properly drafted, a special-needs trust is a legal way to protect assets from the government so that a family member can still receive government-sponsored housing, medical care or nursing home care. The trust is used to provide extras to improve quality of life and meet basic needs such as clothing, trips or spending money.

A special-needs trust could be established in your will (a testamentary trust), by your living trust, or the court, or it can be an independent trust managed by a parent/guardian or third party. Jennifer Rydberg has the sophisticated understanding of estate planning laws, estate administration and federal regulatory matters necessary to create a legally compliant trust.

You cannot Afford to do Nothing

Jennifer provides clients with affordable estate planning services. If you have a child or parent who is receiving government benefits — or may receive them in the future — you cannot afford to be unprepared for the event of your death or incapacity. While no one likes to plan for death or illness, the impact of improper planning on your loved ones could be considerable. Let estate planning lawyer Jennifer Rydberg meet with you one on one to discuss your legal needs now so you don't have any regrets later.

Contact Jennifer Rydberg

To speak with a Seattle special-needs trust attorney about your estate planning needs, contact Jennifer Rydberg 425-235-5535 at her law office in Kent, Washington. Feel free to contact her by email as well.