From the article: First Five Things to Do: Estate Planning
Have you started preparing for your child's future with estate planning, special-needs trusts, letter of intent, and other legal preparations? Tell your fellow parents how you got going with that, and what tips and shortcuts you found along the way. Share Your Strategies
Don't assume a guardianship is necessary
- Mary's article gave some great advice for parents of special needs kids. But as a lawyer who practices in this area, I would remind parents that special needs kids have an array of functioning levels, and not to assume that a guardianship is necessary. Guardianships are cumbersome, expensive and subject you to the court system. Very often, depending upon your child's level of functioning, they may have capacity to executed durable powers of attorney for finances and health, which may be a less drastic alternative to guardianship.
- —Guest mdalbertson