Special Needs Planning

Parents of children with special needs often face additional challenges when planning for the future of their loved ones.  For instance, an inheritance or gift could render your child ineligible for government benefits.
Alyssa B. Greenberg, Esq. is experienced in the area of special needs planning and will create an estate plan that helps protect your family member with special needs.  Her planning can help provide your loved one with material comfort, educational opportunities and health care needs.
Ms. Greenberg's special needs planning services include:
  • Drafting and implementing supplemental needs trusts.  Although there are many different types of special needs trusts, in general they seek to maintain means tested government assistance programs for individuals with special needs.
  • Preparing guardianship petitions and filings in New Jersey Superior Court and New York Supreme and Surrogate's Courts.  If your special needs child is unable to make important life decisions for himself and herself, you should discuss with a qualified attorney the possibility of filing for a guardianship around the age of 17 or sooner, based upon your specific circumstances.
  • Drafting Powers of Attorney.  A Durable Power of Attorney allows you to appoint an agent to assist you with managing your financial affairs in the event that you become incapacitated or incompetent.
  • Assisting with settlement planning.  Ms. Greenberg can help in structuring personal injury and medical malpractice settlements to protect eligibility for government assistance.
  • Preparing a life care plan designated for your child, including a letter of intent, to provide guidance to future caregivers.
If you become unable to care for a family member with special needs or die without planning for their future, your loved one’s quality of life may suffer. As a result, the development of a special needs plan is an important process and finding the right attorney to assist you is a vital aspect of this process. Ms. Greenberg is sensitive to your concerns and passionate about helping you care for your loved one with special needs. Please do not hesitate to contact her at (973) 252-1850 or agreenberg@abgreenberglaw.com concerning your planning needs.