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The Advantages of a Special Needs Trust

Explained by a New York City Elder Law Attorney

A beneficiary who is severely and chronically disabled can gain various benefits if a special needs trust is set up in his or her name. In addition to being able to use assets that are set aside for his or her benefit, the beneficiary of a special needs trust will have the advantage of help for personal planning as well as avoiding losing government benefits such as Medicaid or Social Security.

Establishing a special needs trust (often referred to as a supplemental needs trust) can be complex and is best carried out with the help of an attorney experienced in handling these matters. Our lead attorney, Steven Melnik at the firm, can help by reviewing the potential advantages of this type of trust with you, talking to you about your particular needs and then guiding you through the process of setting up the trust in the way that is most beneficial to the disabled person. Melnik Law Group, PLLC represent clients in Manhattan, Brooklyn and throughout New York City and offer a confidential consultation to discuss your particular needs and concerns.

Protection & Assistance for the Disabled

A special needs trust may offer various benefits to a disabled person by:

  • Protecting the assets and property of the disabled person;
  • Providing benefits to the disabled person;
  • Receiving inheritance or a settlement for a lawsuit, such as a personal injury or medical malpractice case; and
  • Provide financial assistance to the disabled person without interfering with his or her ability to recover Medicaid, Social Security or other government-provided benefits.

Looking for a special needs lawyer in New York? If you would like to discuss setting up a trust for a family member or loved one, contact the team at Melnik Law Group, PLLC today.

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