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Special Needs Trusts: Protect Your Child's Financial Future (Special Needs Trust: Protect Your Childs Financial Future (W/CD)) 4th Edition

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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.

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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: 7 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,228,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mark Albert on 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Clara C. Hickey on 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 By Rich Words on February 21, 2008
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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 By Jack in NC on November 3, 2007
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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 By Sky King on 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 By TomW on May 9, 2012
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Flowers on February 28, 2008
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I have already set up a special needs trust using a lawyer, but I wanted to read more on these types of trusts. I would say this is a valuable resource for subsequent or co-trustees. It contains some information about the practical aspects of setting up, and administering trusts for those who are not professionals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sadhana Narasimhan on 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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