As the parent of a loved one with special needs, you need to plan for the assistance your loved one requires now, as well as ensure that she or he will be well cared for when you are no longer able to provide necessary care yourself.

We work with parents, family members, caregivers, and trustees to help manage the legal, financial, medical, and personal affairs of people with special needs. We will work closely with you to gain a thorough understanding of your priorities for the care of your loved one, help you obtain that care, explain the options available to you, and analyze your financial situation to determine the benefits available for your loved one. Then we will design a customized plan capable of meeting your loved one’s needs today and in the future.

Special Needs Trusts

Special needs trusts are frequently used to augment services not provided by government assistance programs like Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid, while at the same time preserving eligibility for these vital programs.

A special needs trust can provide funds for education, entertainment, travel, transportation, advanced medical and dental care, and more. In effect, a special needs trust can make money available for services and things that maximize the quality of life of your loved one with special needs.

You should know that if a special needs trust is improperly designed or administered, it can jeopardize your loved one’s eligibility for assistance from SSI and Medicaid. Our Honolulu special needs trust attorneys have extensive experience in this complicated area of the law. We invite you to contact us to schedule a consultation.