When a person with profound developmental, physical or mental disabilities cannot support himself of herself, the individual will likely qualify for public benefits. The body of law attending these benefits and the often widely disparate interpretation and enforcement of them is often a daunting challenge to a parent or other care provider seeking public assistance for the person who needs them.
Sometimes, the assistance of a benefits specialist is required. In all cases, special needs planning must be designed to insure that the benefits provided to a qualifying person willl never be jeopardized by improper estate planning or careless inattention to a benficiary’s own assets.
In most cases, parents can negotiate the benefit application process without legal counsel. Even so, it is helpful to have the advice of a lawyear or parent who has been through the complicated process before.