“Thought for the Day” #866 – by Stephen R. Elville, J.D., LL.M.

December 15, 2016

When establishing a special needs trust (SNT) for your child, it is important to consider how much care the child may need in the future and who will oversee any arrangements related to that care. In many cases, either a family member or the SNT trustee can assume responsibility for care management. But when care needs are significant or family members cannot be available, parents may wish to include instructions in the SNT documentation for the trustee to retain a professional care manager. This can help ensure that care decisions will be handled professionally and consistently throughout the beneficiary’s life while allowing the trustee to focus on other responsibilities.