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What is a Special Needs Trust?

Posted on Sun Dec 4, 2016, on Special Needs Estate Planning

From Our “Ask a Question” mailbag: “What is a Special Needs Trust?”

A Special Needs Trust is a trust designed to hold assets for a person receiving needs-based government benefits. The person who benefits from the trust is the “beneficiary.” Typically, the beneficiary is an individual with physical or mental disabilities who qualifies for needs-based benefits, such as Medicaid. Giving this person money or making them an heirwould disqualify them. Special Needs Trusts were created to hold assets for these people without excluding them from the benefits. A Special Needs Trust allows you to look out for your loved one by providing them with the little extras that will improve their life.

Estate Planning for LGBT Married Couples

Posted on Tue Nov 29, 2016, on LGBT Estate Planning

Our “Ask a Question” mailbag addresses Estate Planning for LGBT Married Couples.

“Right after the legalization of gay marriage my husband and I married in Pennsylvania. Since then, we have not updated any documents. Given the outcome of the Presidential election, we feel like we need to get things done. What is Estate Planning for LGBT Married Couples?”

LGBT Estate Planning After Trump

Posted on Sat Nov 12, 2016, on LGBT Estate Planning

Our “Ask a Question” mailbag addresses LGBT Estate Planning for Married Couples after President Trump’s election.

My wife and I are a same-sex married couple. We married in New Jersey and now live in Pennsylvania. Trump’s election makes us nervous, we are afraid that he may strip away some of our married couple rights. What estate planning documents should we sign to make sure that we have the right to make medical decisions for each other should one of us get sick?”

My Sister Died Without a Will. Does My Half-Sister Get a Share?

Posted on Wed Nov 9, 2016, on Intestacy, Dying Without a Will

Our “Ask a Question” mailbag addresses what happens when a sibling dies without a Will in New Jersey.

“My sister died in New Jersey without a will. Our parents are dead, and she never married or had children. Our dad had a daughter out of wedlock when he was very young. It was something that the family didn’t speak of, and we only saw her once in our lives. If a sibling dies without a Will in New Jersey, does a half-sibling receive a share?”

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