Legal Planning for Special Needs in Massachusetts by Barbara Jackins

Legal Planning for Special Needs in Massachusetts

Book Title: Legal Planning for Special Needs in Massachusetts

Publisher: disAbilities Books Press

ISBN: 0998814202

Author: Barbara Jackins


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Legal Planning for Special Needs in Massachusetts, by attorney Barbara Jackins, is a must have resource for parents of children with special needs and the professionals and advocates who assist parents. In an easy-to-read, conversational style, she covers the essential elements of SSI, guardianship, and estate planning when there is a child with a disability in the family. Although some of the materials are specific to Massachusetts, most of the strategies she discusses are valid in any state. Don't live in Massachusetts? Then you can simply ignore the fine points about that state's guardianship laws and procedures. The rest of the book - her practical estate planning strategies and SSI pointers - will get you on track no matter where you live. You will find the information you need to: • Obtain SSI benefits for a child who is age 18 or older • Contribute to your child's financial support without reducing public benefits • Understand the court process for guardianship (including antipsychotic medication) • Learn about the alternatives to guardianship • Protect your child's inheritance from being lost or mismanaged while assuring continued public benefits • Coordinate your life insurance and retirement assets with your overall estate plan