Ohio Special Needs Estate Planning Lawyer
Estate Planning Attorney for Families with Disabled Children in Wooster, Ohio
Are you the parent of a disabled or special needs child in Wooster, Akron, Cleveland, or anywhere in Northern Ohio? Are you concerned about how your child will survive in the event of your death, disability, or incapacity? Every family needs a good estate plan whether it involves a simple
will or a more complicated
trust. It is even more important for families with disabled or special needs children to establish an estate plan which will take into account the unique needs of their child after they are gone.
After 32 years in the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, I was inspired to start a private practice helping children with special needs by my son. 18 years ago I learned that he would be born with Down Syndrome. I know first-hand the challenges that a parent of a special needs child faces. As my son approached adulthood, I wrestled with tax laws and state regulations for disabled children. It quickly became apparent to me how someone who wasn't accustomed to researching rules and regulations could become overwhelmed by this daunting task. That's when I decided to put what I learned together with my passion for helping kids.
Creating Individualized Estate Plans Involving the Special Needs Child
As a Wooster, Ohio special needs estate planning lawyer, I provide estate planning that will conserve your assets and minimize taxes and other costs while maximizing the potential for your disabled son or daughter. Because that is the exclusive focus of my practice, I am well-versed in all the legal aspects, challenges, and solutions of this specialized field. My firm is a small, intimate one that is large on individualized attention. Because I am a special needs parent myself, I can provide the kind of empathetic and dedicated care you may not find elsewhere.
In order to construct a well-tailored estate plan for a special needs child, I will meet you and your family to see how your child functions in the environment in which he or she is most comfortable - the home. The observations I can make from a home visit will enable me to decide what estate planning tools will work best for your family's needs and objectives.
I can help you with all types of estate planning issues, working to make a significant impact on your and your child's future by properly planning for your special needs child through estate planning, wills, special needs trusts and more. We can address issues related to establishing a
power of attorney and
guardianship as well as
medical and long term care, fully
protecting benefits so your child can face a more secure future.
Disability planning and
gifting assets are other important areas that I address for my clients, including taking into consideration what impact inheritance from
grandparents and other relatives may have on their ability to receive government benefits. I look at every aspect of a client's financial situation in order to work out a plan that not only takes full advantage of any benefits available to their child but that protects these benefits as far into the future as possible.
Consult with a Knowledgeable Attorney
I cannot stress enough the importance of a tailored-made estate plan for the families of a disabled child. No matter what your income level may be, you will benefit from my knowledge and skills. Even if you are a young couple with a modest income, you can do great harm to your disabled child by doing nothing. Without a well-crafted estate plan in place, should something happen to you the government will decide what your estate plan will be and what will happen to your child. That is why I urge you to contact me for a consultation about putting together your special needs estate plan as soon as possible.