Special Needs Trusts

Estate Planning Provisions For Disabled Children

Who would provide for your child with disabilities if you died or became incapacitated yourself? Would your child's inheritance be at risk or would that inheritance disqualify your child from government assistance?

Parents of special needs children have special considerations in estate planning. The knowledgeable lawyers of Robshaw & Voelkl, PC, can help you establish a special needs trust and address related matters to ensure that your dependent child or adult disabled child will be provided for well into the future.

Our Buffalo law practice is devoted exclusively to estate-related matters, serving clients throughout Erie County, Niagara County and surrounding Western New York. Arrange a consultation today.

Buffalo Special Needs Trust Lawyers

A special needs trust, also known as a supplemental needs trust, must be properly set up and properly funded to prevent conflicts with the IRS, Medicare and the Social Security Administration. Our veteran attorneys, John Robshaw and Jeffrey Voelkl, have more than 65 years of combined experience with trusts and estate plans.

A properly established special needs trust:

  • Sets aside money that can be used for "extras" that enhance quality of life for your child: travel, entertainment, clothing, etc.
  • Protects an inheritance, proceeds from a lawsuit, or other personal assets from creditors, relatives, scam artists, etc.
  • Preserves eligibility for Medicaid and Social Security Disability without having to spend down all assets.

Western New York Lawyers For Disabled Child Trusts

We can address all your questions and concerns about a special needs trust such as funding mechanisms, allowable expenses and whether the parents can serve as trustees. We can also address related matters such as drafting a will or establishing guardianship of a disabled adult.

We invite you to call Robshaw & Voelkl at 716-633-4030 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.