Special Needs Planning for All Ages
The challenges of aging are intensified for a person with disabilities. Disabilities may begin at birth (i.e. autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, Praeder Willi syndrome) or, occur later due to an illness or accident.
A parent must plan for the time they will not be able to provide for the care of their minor or adult child with a disability due to their own illness or death.
We recognize that there are many facets that need to be coordinated and balanced - legal, financial, social, medical - that require professionals from multiple disciplines to come together and support families. Our firm uses our expertise in the law, our creativity, supportive environment and relationships with other professionals to co-create solutions so that you may achieve your goals.
When you consult with The Law Office of Stephanie L. Schneider you will learn about government benefits programs that may benefit your loved one with special needs such as:
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Monthly cash benefits
- Must have limited assets and income
- Must be aged, blind or disabled
- If eligible, automatically approved for basic Medicaid
Childhood Disability Benefits (DAC)
- Must prove the disability occurred prior to age 22
- Must prove that the adult child did not work or marry
- Cash benefit paid when parent retires or dies
Developmental Disability Medicaid (DD)
- Covers medical services
- Operated by Agency for Persons with
Protection of Settlement Proceeds & Inheritance
Do you expect to receive an inheritance or a lawsuit settlement? Consult with our office to coordinate a plan to achieve your goals and promote independence with proper and timely planning. The laws of government assistance allow people to place their assets in a special needs trust or pooled trust in order to maintain their government benefits. The special needs trust assets can be used to provide quality of care and quality of life beyond what government benefits may provide.
When you meet with us, we will guide you through the maze of laws and counsel you on how to maximize your award while receiving government benefits.