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Unlocking the Power of Supplemental Needs Trusts

We're thrilled to shine a spotlight on a topic that resonates deeply with us: Supplemental Needs Trusts (SNTs). At the core of our mission lies a profound commitment to empowering individuals with disabilities, while safeguarding their entitlements. Join us as we embark on this journey together, exploring the purpose and benefits of SNTs and their transformative impact on the lives of our loved ones.

The Purpose of Supplemental Needs Trusts

Picture a world where individuals with disabilities can access additional resources to enrich their quality of life, all while preserving their Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) entitlements. That's precisely what a Supplemental Needs Trust (SNT) offers. These specialized trusts are meticulously designed to have someone you trust manage assets and cater to the financial needs of individuals with defined disabilities or special needs. By ensuring that beneficiaries receive the financial support you want to leave them, while safeguarding their benefits, SNTs serve as a beacon of hope and security for countless individuals and their families.

Navigating New York's SNT Landscape

In the intricate tapestry of New York law, we have two distinct types of SNTs: first-party and third-party. 

A first-party SNT is established and funded by the disabled individual, providing a crucial avenue for asset management while adhering to stringent eligibility criteria. 

On the other hand, a third-party SNT, established by a parent, grandparent, sibling, legal guardian, or court, serves as a protective shield for assets not owned by the disabled individual, ensuring seamless transfer and utilization for the beneficiary's benefit.

The Benefits are Boundless

The advantages of an SNT are as diverse as they are invaluable. From protecting significant assets like inheritances or personal injury settlements to effectively managing life insurance proceeds, an SNT serves as a lifeline for preserving vital government benefits. With meticulous administration and compassionate trustee oversight, individuals with disabilities can thrive, secure in the knowledge that their financial affairs are being handled with care and expertise.

Empowerment Through Administration

At the heart of every successful SNT lies meticulous administration and dedicated trustee stewardship. A trustee's role is paramount, demanding not only financial acumen but also empathy and a steadfast commitment to the disabled beneficiary's best interests. From navigating complex regulations to fostering transparency and accountability, trustees play a pivotal role in ensuring compliance and advocating for the well-being of those they serve.

Supplemental Needs Trusts epitomize our unwavering dedication to empowerment, advocacy, and compassionate care. Together, let's continue to champion the rights and well-being of individuals with disabilities, ensuring they have the support and resources they need to thrive.

Contact us today to learn more about how Supplemental Needs Trusts can benefit you and your loved ones.

About the Author

Leslie Portrait

Leslie has been practicing law since 2009 and is the host of the estate planning podcast 'Legacy Purse'. She has a long history of representing family members struggling to inherit property and/or wealth from deceased family members through the Probate Courts. Knowing how time-consuming and expensive the probate process is, Leslie takes great pride in helping her clients learn how to plan and protect their families during their lives so they can avoid the probate court process and save their loved ones that additional grief (and expense).


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