Showing posts from July, 2010

Special Needs Trust in Iowa for Disabled Children

Parents, grandparents and others wanting to benefit family members with special needs should act carefully in providing for lifetime gifts or testamentary gifts. The primary options when it comes to planning for gifts with special needs children in Iowa include: Gift to Disabled child. The problem with a gift is the impact it may have on eligibility for public assistance benefits. It may even disqualify the child from getting those benefits until the funds from the gift are completely exhausted, at which time the child will need to reapply for benefits. Disinherit the disabled child . To avoid the issue of disqualification from public assistance, a simple route is to disinherit the special needs child altogether. There is no legal requirement that one must provide for a child under their estate plan. Distribute to a Another Person for Disabled Child's Benefit. Another option is to distribute the funds to someone (a sibling for example) for that person to manage and distribute

Iowa Estate Plan Blog is Still Alive!

Despite a noticeable absence from this blog, Mr. "Life and Death Lawyer" is back at it. I have a posting on the Iowa Law Blog about a recent Iowa Court of Appeals case dealing with trustee removal and trustee fees.