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Will Trust Income Affect SSI Eligibility?

Income paid from a special needs trust to a beneficiary will reduce SSI benefits by one dollar for every dollar paid to him or her directly. In addition, payments by the trust to the beneficiary for food or housing are...

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How Can I Fund a Special Needs Trust?

A parent with a child with special needs should consider buying life insurance to help fund the special needs trust set up for the child's support. What may look like a substantial sum to leave in trust today may run...

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What Is a Special (Supplemental) Needs Trust?

Special needs trusts (also known as "supplemental needs" trusts) allow a disabled beneficiary to receive gifts, lawsuit settlements, or other funds and yet not lose his or her eligibility for certain government programs. Such trusts are drafted so that the...

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Why Not Pass Money on to Another Child?

Some parents choose to avoid the complication of a trust by leaving their estates to one or more of their healthy children, relying on them to use the funds for the benefit of their disabled siblings. This is not a...

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Who Pays, Workers Comp or Medicare?

I needed to have surgery while I was negotiating the establishment of a Medicare Set-Aside to hold funds from a workers' compensation claim.  Now both workers' comp and Medicare are refusing to pay for the bill.  Who pays?...

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