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    Special needs trust account

    Does anyone have knowledge of these, or can I say if I were expecting a large sum of money & didn't want it to effect my SSI & Medicaid benefits, is this what I would neeed to set up? Please if anyone knows about this>
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    Get an attorney to set one up.
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    You definitely need a special needs trust set up by a PROFESSIONAL. Spend a little money to protect a lot! Be careful in choosing a couple trustees though. Money does weird things to people. The laws have finally tightened on the abuses trustees commit, but once the money is gone it's hard to get it back. The old saying "can't get blood from a stone" comes to mind. Sure they might get charged, but more often than not, the money is never returned.

    Or you can get the opposite effect where the trustee gives you no money, for whatever reason. It could be jealousy or something else.

    Money makes people weird, protect yourself!

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    You definitely need the assistance of a lawyer and professionals to set up a Trust. Ideally, the trust agreement should be reviewed by the judge managing the civil action so that your needs are adequately served. And be sure that your choice of trustees are people who will place your needs before their greed.

    SSI & Medicaid: The Trust's funds, because they are not exactly in your name, will not affect your Medicaid benefits. Any Trust money that you use for food or shelter, however, will be deducted from your monthly SSI benefits.
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    I've set them up for sci clients and the like through my firm Citi / Smith Barney. You will, however, need a local attorney (or an attorney licensed in your state) to draft the trust. Once the trust is drafted you can open an account at a bank or brokerage (Smith Barney) firm.

    Once the acct. is established and funded (no minimums or maximums) you can then invest the monies and use them for the patient's benefit based upon the terms, whether loose or strict, of the trust.

    Typically, I recommend that above and beyond cash contributions that a second-to-die life insurance policy also be issued and included within the trust which will help build and retain the assets over the long-term (decades).

    If anyone has any additional questions please pm me.

    Good luck,

    Chris

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    question

    hello everybody i was just wondering will, right now im just attending schoool fulltime student vocab is paying for my school, and right now me and my wife are trying to get a home if i get a home under my name will vocah rehab still keep paying for my school andy advice thanks guy or will it effect in anyway my benefits thanks alot

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    Voc rehab services are generally not dependent upon income or assets but on employability and need for education in order to reach the vocational goals established in your plan. You can also own a home under qualifications for SSI or Medi-Cal, but of course having a home and paying the mortgage, taxes and upkeep may require more income that you may be allowed if you are on those programs.

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    Looking for recommendations for a special needs trust lawyer in California... this ish is hard! I've called an easy 10-15 all with different outcomes. None positive, hence this post.
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    Feisty, you might try calling your county bar association and asking for a referral to someone who specializes in this. They should know.

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