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Special Needs Trusts: Protect Your Child's Financial Future (Special Needs Trust: Protect Your Childs Financial Future (W/CD)) [Paperback]

Stephen Elias Attorney , Kevin Urbatsch
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May 5, 2011 1413313841 978-1413313840 4
Create a special needs trust for a loved one's care with the forms and information you need for peace of mind.

If you care for a child or other loved one with a disability, you've no doubt thought about what will happen when you're no longer able to give that care. Fortunately, there's a simple solution to this dilemma -- create a "special needs trust."

Special Needs Trusts shows you how to leave any amount of money to your disabled loved one -- without jeopardizing government benefits. It provides plain-English information and forms that let you create a special needs trust by modifying your will or living trust document.

Funds in a special needs trust can make a big difference in quality of life by paying for:

  • annual independent check-ups
  • personal care attendant or escort
  • vehicles and transportation
  • insurance
  • rehabilitation
  • essential dietary needs
  • materials for recreation
  • trips or vacations
  • entertainment
  • athletic training or competitions
  • and much more.

    Special Needs Trusts also provides a formal letter to the trustee, which explains this very important role, and a personal letter to the trustee, which provides information about your loved one. The 4th edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect the latest changes in the law and provides an expanded list of resources. Plus, find the forms you need as tear-outs and on CD-ROM, including new SSI/Medicaid forms.

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    Does a good job of explaining what a special needs trust can do to protect the benefits of a person with disabilities.... Even if after reading the book you feel you need a lawyer, you will have the knowledge to approach the subject." (Support for Families of Children With Disabilities Newsletter 20090202)

    Does a good job of explaining what a special needs trust can do to protect the benefits of a person with disabilities.... Even if after reading the book you feel you need a lawyer, you will have the knowledge to approach the subject. (Support for Families of Children With Disabilities Newsletter 20090101)

    This book is great -- it gave me more info than attorneys are giving me, including my trustee... (James G. G., San Francisco, CA 20090101)

    About the Author

    Stephen R. Elias is an attorney and former associate publisher at Nolo, as well as current President of the National Bankruptcy Law Project. He is the author of many Nolo books, including recently The New Bankruptcy. Other titles include Special Needs Trusts and How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. He is also one of the original authors/designers of Nolo's bestselling WillMaker software. Steve holds a law degree from Hastings College of Law and was a practicing attorney in California, New York and Vermont before joining Nolo. He has been featured in such major media as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Good Morning America, 20/20, Money magazine, and more.

    Kevin Urbatsch is a principal of the boutique estate planning firm, Myers Urbatsch P.C. in San Francisco, California. He is a nationally recognized expert in the unique planning needs of individuals with disabilities and their families. Mr. Urbatsch is a charter member of the national organization, the Academy of Special Needs Planners. He writes and is a frequent lecturer both locally and nationally on planning for persons with disabilities, primarily concerning special needs trust drafting and administration.

    Product Details

    • Series: Special Needs Trust: Protect Your Childs Financial Future (W/CD)
    • Paperback: 296 pages
    • Publisher: NOLO; 4 edition (May 5, 2011)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1413313841
    • ISBN-13: 978-1413313840
    • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.9 x 0.6 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
    • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #896,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

    More About the Author

    Stephen R. Elias is an attorney and former associate publisher at Nolo, as well as the current President of National Bankruptcy Law Project. He is the author of many Nolo books, most recently Bankruptcy for Small Business Owners. Other titles include Special Needs Trusts: Protect Your Child's Financial Future, How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, and Legal Research: How to Find and Understand the Law. He is also one of the original authors of Nolo's bestselling WillMaker software. Steve holds a law degree from Hastings College of Law and practiced law in California, New York, and Vermont before joining Nolo in 1980. He has been featured in such major media as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Good Morning America, 20/20, Money magazine, and more. Steve's blog on bankruptcy and foreclosure law can be found at Nolo's Bankruptcy & Foreclosure Blog.

    Customer Reviews

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    21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable Reference for Planning a Special Needs Trust December 29, 2007
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    This book is designed to help readers set up their own special needs trust without an attorney--and you could do that with the resources provided, but I expect most readers will prefer to use a professional to establish an estate plan with the special needs trust as an important element. Whether or not you plan to use an attorney, however, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone considering a special needs trust.

    I have attended seminars on Special Needs Trusts, and my wife and I have had an initial meeting with an attorney to set up a trust for our disabled daughter. As a result, I came to this book with a well-developed idea of what could be accomplished with Special Needs Trust. Still, I learned a great deal from this book. There were several issues related to handling of assets within the trust and the management of housing expenses that became much clearer to me after reading this book.

    Reading this book helped form important questions that we will be exploring with our attorney, and helps us understand in greater depth what she will be doing for us. In this way, this book is helping us maximize the value we get from our attorney's services.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource book, easy to read March 27, 2010
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    I set up a Special Needs Trust for my son a couple of years ago; it was not a satisfying experience. The lawyer did not explain the process well, and I was left frustrated and poorer.

    If I had first read this book that I easily found and purchased at Amazon.com, I would have walked into the lawyer's office with confidence that at least I would have known all the basics in setting up the Trust and the questions to ask. As it was, I didn't know what I didn't know, and that was a distinct disadvantage.

    I would recommend this book for anyone thinking of setting up such a Trust. Read it first before contacting a lawyer.
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect ! February 21, 2008
    Format:Paperback
    Nolo's Special Needs Trusts book is precise, concise, and very informative. Well organized, it reads fast and easilly. It's very practical too. We are using and depending on it's content. I even corrected the overseer of our trust. Perfect!
    Rich
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Very basic guide November 3, 2007
    Format:Paperback
    I bought this book hoping to find some guidance on establishing a Special Needs Trust. It is very basic and most of the information can easily be found on the internet. The Special Needs Trust Administration Manual is a much better reference.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource May 9, 2012
    By TomW
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    This book is an excellent resource. First for the family that wants to learn more about the Special Needs Trust (SNT) and decide if it is for them. It also is good for the family that knows that they need a SNT and is going to the attorney, but wants to know what to expect and think about the important issues before they get to the attorney's office where the meter is running. Lastly, it is a great resource for the DIY individual.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to Special Needs Trusts April 30, 2011
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    Excellent introduction to special needs trusts. Excellent discussion on how to find a good attorney and why that might be difficult. Note: This book discusses creation of a Third Party Special Needs Trust. This is a trust that is set up by a parent, grandparent or other with funds that do not belong to the special needs beneficiary. A First Party Special Needs Trust is a different animal. It is used for assets that belong to the Special Needs beneficiary. Proceeds from a law suit or a direct inheritance require a First Party Special Needs Trust. The big difference is that a First Party Special Needs Trust is much more difficult to draft and the trust must reimburse the state when the beneficiary dies. Be sure to use an attorney who has a copy of the Special Needs Trust Handbook ($330.00!)
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars special need trust fund September 20, 2009
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    The book is excellent. I had borrowed 2007 edition from the library, but I wanted my own copy, so I bought it from Amazon. Anyone with a special needs child should have this book.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars Need attorney within your state
    I just reviewed a trust completed by a parent after reading this book. Thankfully she had the wherewithal to seek the advice of a special needs planning attorney before executing... Read more
    Published 16 months ago by snt attorney
    5.0 out of 5 stars Special Needs Trusts
    Special needs trusts are very complicated. Often good lawyers know little of nothing about them. If your lawyers are limited like in a small town, this book a great. Read more
    Published 18 months ago by Connie Cross
    5.0 out of 5 stars great book
    Book does an excellent job of education on the SNT. I have used the sample SNT document and plan to use it after review by an attorney of a few changes I made.
    Published 21 months ago by VeryPartman
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative reading
    A must read if you are setting-up a Special Needs Trust.
    Thanks to the author for the important information.
    Do not hesitate to order.
    Published on September 6, 2011 by Plain Jane
    5.0 out of 5 stars plan for a disabled adult child
    Excellent book - provides guidelines for why, when, who and how. Even though we will use a lawyer, the advance prep should save us money, as they charge by the hour and we have a... Read more
    Published on May 30, 2011 by Lori Mackey
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful!
    This helped me a great deal in setting up a trust.
    I did need to consult a lawyer but found this to be a tremendous help for me..
    Published on May 23, 2011 by Kel
    4.0 out of 5 stars Special Needs trusts guidance
    I have already set up a special needs trust using a lawyer, but I wanted to read more on these types of trusts. Read more
    Published on February 28, 2008 by T. Flowers
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