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As friends worry out loud about how they will pay for their kid’s college education, the parents of children with special needs have worries that extend beyond the few years it takes to get a college degree:
- How will we pay for the special therapies our child needs now?
- Who will pay our child’s expenses once he or she becomes an adult?
- Where will our child live and who will oversee his or her care ager we’re gone?
These questions and fears might stop you in your tracks. But attorneys experienced with special needs planning say that creating a plan can ease anxiety. Some of the issues you need to confront have financial and legal implications: How do you set aside money for your child without affecting his or her government benefits? And some are emotional: Who would understand your child’s needs if something were to happen to you right now?
Here are some important steps to planning your child’s future. Some are simple, some are challenging. Get started on some of these now so you’ll have peace of mind down the road.
Apply for Guardianship or Power of Attorney
Once children turn 18, they are considered adults in the eyes of the law. This gives your child the right to make medical and financial decision. If he or she is not capable of this or needs your guidance, consider assuming legal guardianship or the less-restrictive power of attorney and health care proxy for his or her financial, legal and health care affairs. This way you maintain the same supervision and control you have over these as you did when your daughter or son was younger. We can help with this process. This will ensure that you have all the powers you would need to assume control of your adult child’s health care in the event of an emergency. If your child cannot or won’t consent to your assuming power of attorney, the matter will likely be decided before a probate court judge.
Planning ahead saves a lot of stress and anxiety on parents, family members and others involved with children who have special needs and disabilities. Beck & Lenox Estate Planning & Elder Law is here to help you navigate the process so that you are in the best position to safeguard your child’s health and wellbeing, maximizing his or her quality of life.
Adapted from Kidshealth.org
How to Get Started
At Beck & Lenox, our attorneys have helped thousands of families secure peace of mind that their wishes will be carried out upon their passing and that their survivors won’t have to deal with the stresses of legal action or invalid documents.
Our team of will and trust attorneys in St. Charles will meet with you to review your goals and determine what document(s) may be appropriate for your unique situation. Book a call with one of the attorneys at Beck & Lenox Estate Planning & Elder Law.