Special Needs & Trusts
At Blake & Associates, we help families arrange for the long-term care of incapacitated loved ones. Our lawyers have decades of experience handling special needs trusts, guardianships and other legal issues related to incapacity. Contact our offices today to schedule an appointment.
We frequently handle special needs trusts in one of three contexts: creating a trust for a family member as part of his estate plan where he wants to provide for special needs beneficiaries in the particular way they need; creating a trust from inheritance money; or creating a special needs trust from a personal injury settlement after an accident causes an individual to become incapacitated. We enjoy working with clients throughout the entire process of establishing— and in some cases, serving as trustee — special needs trusts.
Finding Solutions to Fit Your Specific Situation
Special needs trusts are a highly versatile legal tool. A special needs trust can be made to:
- Ensure that a trusted third party has control of the special needs individual's finances
- Maximize the effectiveness of a given inheritance or other sum of money
- Ensure that the special needs individual isn't disqualified from receiving government benefits
Guardianships for Special Needs Individuals
Often, a special needs trust can be created by legal action through the probate court. There are myriad different ways to create such a trust, or to reform an existing trust into a Special Needs Trust, and the attorneys at our firm can explain in more detail how.
Leaders in Mental Health Law
Principal attorney David Blake has handled elder and special needs guardianships for more than 30 years. Attorney Carolyn Martello Spaulding and Attorney Clare Culhane have also been practicing in this area for more than ten years each. Attorney Blake is on the Board of Directors of the National Guardianship Organization, a former President and current member of the Massachusetts Guardianship Association. All of the attorneys are members of all of these organizations as well as the International Guardianship Network and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Having grown up with mental illness in his family, Attorney M. David Blake has a deep understanding for his clients' experiences firsthand.
For an initial consultation, contact our law office today.