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Future Planning Offers Peace of Mind for Families of Disabled


Individuals with disabilities and their families face significant challenges in planning for their futures. Concerns about the future are very real. Where will your family member live after you are no longer alive? Who will look after their finances? When should I start future planning?

Future planning includes the various tools available to families, such as special needs trusts, that will assist in proper planning for a loved one with a disability. Special needs trusts enable a person with a disability to protect assets that are in their name, while continuing to be eligible for vital government benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income and Medical Assistance. They also offer some peace of mind to families trying to ensure their loved ones are taken care of in the future.

It’s important for families to find an agency or company they can trust when deciding who will manage their loved one's assets. For individuals with disabilities, families should seek a company with case management and social work experience to add to the traditional role of trustee. With that experience, staff will work with individuals with disabilities and their families to ensure proper government support and services are being provided, and that the funds are managed and distributed in a responsible manner.

By planning ahead, families will have a snapshot of all their loved one’s needs. This snapshot helps paint a clear picture of what makes that person unique and what they need to survive, even after their caregiver has passed on. Future planning helps to ensure that your family member’s needs are met day to day, on special occasions and in times of emergency.

For a free Future Planning Guide visit www.achievafamilytrust.org or contact ACHIEVA Family Trust at (412) 995-5000 x589 or futureplanning@achieva.info.

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