Special-needs trusts have been around for a number of years, but two parts of this picture are changing: longer life expectancies and tax laws. Modera’s Mindy Neira, Chartered Special-Needs Consultant, shares her perspectives on how special-needs trusts work, in this Wall Street Journal article by Glenn Ruffenauf.
If you or a loved one has disabilities or special needs, you know that the costs related to care can be substantial. The good news is, you may be able to reduce these costs by maximizing the tax strategies available to you.
If you have a minor or adult child with special needs, financial concerns are likely top of mind. Often, family members or close friends want to help you by gifting to your child or leaving an inheritance to them. Though this generosity may be appreciated, there can be unintended side effects of gifting outright to someone who has special needs.
As a former in-home therapist of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), I will always cherish the many heartwarming moments with the children, the challenges we worked together to overcome, and the families who welcomed me into their homes as though I always belonged.