As I type, I am sitting in the New Orleans airport waiting for my flight home. I have just attended the 11th Annual Conference of the Academy of Special Needs Planners, and my brain is spinning with new information and new ideas as to how I can apply those ideas to my clients. I feel charged with energy, enthusiasm and renewed purpose and vision.
by Diane Weinberg This month’s Passionate Estate Planner continues our discussion of trusts used in special needs planning. In January, we looked at three types of special needs trusts commonly used to preserve assets for an individual with a disability while allowing that individual to qualify for public benefits: a self-settled (first party) special needs trust, [...]
by Diane Weinberg Last week, I received my first phone call about the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, new legislation creating a type of special needs trust for individuals with disabilities. A financial planner called me about a client who was concerned that he was going to have to liquidate certain assets of his [...]
At its most fundamental level, estate planning is about controlling the otherwise-uncontrollable. Death is inevitable; disability is increasingly probable as we age. When death or incapacity occurs, what happens to us, to our property, and to our loved ones? Planning in advance and taking advantage of our many applicable federal and state laws allows us [...]
By Diane Weinberg This time of year, we receive a lot of phone calls from distressed clients. They have spent the holidays with their aging parents and made a number of unpleasant discoveries. The house is uncharacteristically unkempt. Bills are unpaid, and donations to charities have been paid twice. Mom has started repeating herself and [...]
I recently had the privilege to attend a bar mitzvah in which the young man also has a sibling with a profound disability. His sibling is non-verbal and cannot perform a number of activities of daily living, such as dressing and bathing, without assistance. When the young man spoke to the congregation, he noted that [...]