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Protect your disabled child with a special needs trust

As a Pennsylvania parent of a disabled or special needs child, you may have valid concerns about how your child will get by once you are no longer around to assist him or her. Often, parents facing similar circumstances choose to establish what are known as special needs trusts, which are fiduciary arrangements that can help you plan for your disabled child’s future. John A. Cochran, Esquire, understands that special needs trusts can offer many benefits for special needs parents and children, and he has helped many parents of disabled children pursue long-term solutions that meet their needs.

What is a testamentary trust?

There are many options you will have as you plan your estate in Pennsylvania. One of those options in a testamentary trust, which is a trust that is set up within your will, according to Yahoo! Finance. It is laid out and specified within the will. When you pass away, the assets indicated as part of the trust will go into the trust.

What are the primary benefits of an irrevocable living trust?

If you are a Pennsylvania resident who is currently taking steps toward preserving your wealth for future generations, you may be giving some though to creating an irrevocable living trust. As the name suggests, you cannot change an “irrevocable” living trust once you create it, but there are many advantages that can make establishing such an arrangement an important component of your estate planning process.

The advantages of a special needs trust for your disabled child

At the law offices of John A. Cochran, Esquire, in Pennsylvania, we understand how difficult your life is when you are the parent of a disabled child. Depending on the nature of your child’s disability, you may need to provide him or her with substantial daily care. Naturally you are concerned about who will continue to provide this care if and when (s)he outlives you, which in all likelihood (s)he will.

Using spendthrift trusts to support your children

At the moment, you may be putting away a lot of money into a trust that your child can inherit at a later date. Unfortunately, some people cannot handle coming into a lot of money quickly and may end up spending the money on frivolous material possessions, on friends, or on lavish vacations. That is why some parents turn to placing spendthrift protections into their Pennsylvania trusts so that their children cannot access the money unless they spend it as the parents wish.

Building trusts for cy pres evaluation

Planning for the management of a sizable estate in Pennsylvania might well include establishing a charitable trust. This is a noble gesture as well as a potential tax relief. However, one must typically understand the way the court is involved in the maintenance and re-evaluation of trusts in order to ensure the longevity of the charitable pursuit.

The perils of naming a family member as a trustee

Pennsylvania parents want to do all they can to make sure their children’s trust is well administered and that their children will successfully inherit the assets in the trust. Some adults may decide they cannot trust anyone but family to be a trustee, and put one of their own siblings in charge of the trust. However, this actually can be a bad idea and invite more trouble than it is worth.


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