Planning an Inheritance for a Child on Public Benefits

Q. One of our adult children has a disability and receives SSI and Medi-Cal. We are concerned that an inheritance may terminate his benefits. We have heard something about a Special Needs Trust. Can you tell us more about that? A. Sure. As you apparently know, under present rules your son cannot have more than… Read More »

How To Preserve Public Benefits For an Adult Child In Divorce

Q. Our daughter is going through a divorce. She has a 19 year old son (our Grandson) who has a disability and gets both SSI and Medi-Cal. She plans to seek child support from the father. We worry that the child support will reduce our Grandson’s SSI and possibly eliminate his Medi-Cal. Is there a… Read More »

  Spouse on Medi-Cal?  May Be Time To Change Your Will

Q. My husband is in a nursing home and has qualified  for a Medi-Cal subsidy to help with care expenses. To qualify, I was obliged to take his name off of most of our bank accounts, so that almost everything is in my name now. However, I have my own health problems and I wonder… Read More »

Special Planning for an Incapacitated Spouse

Q. My wife suffers from dementia and has been in a nursing home for some time. About a year ago, we put everything in my name so she could qualify for a Medi-Cal subsidy to help pay for her care. We currently have only simple wills which leave everything to the survivor of us, and… Read More »

Planning an Inheritance for A Child or Grandchild on Public Benefits: The Special Needs Trust?

Q.  One of my grandchildren has a disability and receives SSI and Medi-Cal. I would like to leave him a bequest from my estate when I pass. But won’t doing so cause him to lose his public benefits? A.  Not if you plan correctly. As you probably know, your grandson cannot have more than $2,000… Read More »

Decanting: A New Way To Reform A Trust After the Death of the Trustor

Q. My brother created a trust a few years back, naming our sister as one of his beneficiaries and me as the Trustee. He recently died and we now have a problem:  our sister receives public benefits (Medi-Cal and SSI) and the receipt of an inheritance would cause her to lose those benefits.  Is there… Read More »