Immediate Family Care Needs

Clients also rely on us to address immediate family care needs, which may arise when a family member becomes incapacitated or disabled, or when a child is born with disabilities. We possess the legal skill, foresight, and compassion to effectively provide legal services to people and families with special needs.

  • Special Needs Trusts – A special needs trust is generally set up to provide for a disabled person’s needs other than basic food, housing, and health care expenses, which may be covered by public benefits such as SSI and Medicaid. With a special needs trust, assets intended for the disabled person are transferred into trust with an independent trustee, and funds in the trust are used to supplement government benefits. Establishing a special needs trust is very important for people with disabilities, for otherwise they could be disqualified from receiving public benefits that they do in fact need for care and services.
  • Guardianships– A guardianship is a legal means of protecting children under the age of 18. There are two types of guardianships: Guardian of the Person:Involving legal and physical custody of the child, including responsibility for the health, safety and care of the child. Guardian of the Estate: Involving responsibility for managing the child’s finances.The same individual may serve as both guardians of the person and of the estate.
  • Conservatorships– A conservatorship is a court proceeding where a judge determines that an adult is unable to care for his or her personal well-being or finances. When this occurs, the judge will appoint a conservator to handle the person’s care and/or finances. Similar to a guardianship, there are two types of conservatorships- conservatorship of the person, and conservatorship of the estate.We have helped many families establish beneficial and secure guardianship and conservatorship arrangements that ensure the safety and wellbeing of loved ones with special needs.

Seek Experienced, Compassionate Legal Representation

The Law Offices of Andrew C. Cohen is committed to assisting families who seek to protect their assets and the security of their loved ones. Please contact our offices in Valencia for a free initial consultation regarding estate planning and present and future family care.

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