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Estate planning with medically fragile children in mind


Families in the Kent area who have medically fragile children know how difficult day-to-day life can be. A medically fragile child requires a lot of care, money and time. Families need to plan ahead for their vulnerable child and prepare for the potential time when their child outlives them.

When parents find out that their child has a medical condition, it can be devastating news. These children will totally rely on their parents for much of their lives and many will need around-the-clock care. Special needs children may also need expensive medication and have many other medical expenses. Parents who have vulnerable children need to plan for their future. If the parents die before their children, it is important to have a plan in place for their care.

First, children with special needs should have a trust established for their care. The special needs trust would pay for the child's expenses. The trust protects money the parents leave for their child's care and their child would still be able to qualify for Medicaid. A legal professional familiar with estate planning law can help a family establish a special needs trust and other estate planning tools that a family may need. Parents want to ensure their children are protected and cared for long after they are gone. Luckily, there are estate planning strategies for these families that can bring peace of mind.

Having a child with special needs can be a blessing for a family. It can also be hard and scary. Planning ahead for when a parent is no longer alive is important in making sure the child is taken care of for the rest of their lives.

Source: marketwatch.com, "How one father meets the financial needs of sons with cystic fibrosis", Morey Stettner, March 30, 2018

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