A Lawyer With Personal Insight Into Special Needs Planning

As a mother with children who have special needs, attorney Heidi Friedman of Friedman Elder Law Department, LLC, in Coral Springs knows the emotional struggles many families face as well as the economic decisions that need to be made to ensure that children and adults with special needs receive all they require and deserve.

Individuals with special needs are eligible for certain government benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Medicaid and Medicare to assist them with the costs of housing, food and health insurance. However, there are several hurdles to overcome to ensure that an individual with special needs not only becomes eligible for these programs but remains eligible throughout his or her lifetime as well.

There Is Danger In Not Planning

What parents do not want to do is inadvertently jeopardize their children’s government benefits because of an inheritance. However, they also do not want to leave any of their children completely out of their estate plans. Parents of these special children know that they must continue to care for them, even after they are gone. That is why it is so important to properly plan with an attorney who knows how to handle special needs situations through both professional and personal experience. Our goal with special needs planning is to maximize and supplement (not supplant) government resources that your child is or may be entitled to receive and protect those benefits during his or her lifetime.

When children reach the age of 18, they are viewed as adults in the eyes of the law, regardless of whether they have special needs. Parents are no longer be able to make financial or health care decisions for their child even if that child is not mentally or physically able to act as an adult. Knowing what can be done when your child turns 18 years old to allow you to continue to protect and care for him or her is imperative. Many believe guardianship is the only way, but is it? There are several avenues that can be taken to provide your child with the protection required depending on your child’s abilities. Don’t walk through this process alone.

Get The Experienced Legal Guidance You Need

If you want more information on how we can guide you through these hurdles, contact our law office online or by telephone at 954-546-7605 to schedule a consultation so that we can discuss what planning you may need to do for your peace of mind. We provide legal services in Coral Springs, Boca Raton and throughout South Florida.