Legal Planning for Children and Young Adults with Special Needs:
How to Put a Fortress of Protection Around Your Child Through All of Life’s Transitions
By: Steve Worrall, Marietta GA special needs planning attorney
Planning ahead for a child with disabilities is an extremely important and time-sensitive task. Your child is counting on you to create a legal and financial plan that not only protects him or her now, but well after you are gone.
Special needs planning makes that a possibility and gives you some level of control over the future.
Marietta special needs attorney Steve Worrall wrote this e-book as a basic overview for busy parents who simply need a roadmap for the future and simple action steps that tell them what to do and where to start.
We know that your time is stretched thin, and that you’re possibly overwhelmed and confused by the myriad of choices that need to be made throughout your child’s lifetime.
The most important steps you need to take from a legal perspective are outlined in this short e-book. They include:
- How to choose legal guardians who can raise your child if something unexpectedly happens to you.
- How to ensure that the guardians you choose have enough resources to provide your child with a lifetime of care.
- How to handle the process of guardianship once your child turns 18 so you can continue making medical and financial decisions on his or her behalf.
- Alternatives to guardianship or conservatorship if your young adult is high-functioning and semi-independent.
- How to set up and fund a Special Needs Trust so your child has resources safely set aside for the future that won’t jeopardize government benefits.
- How to use ABLE Accounts to save an additional $100,000 tax-free.
- Why you need a team of trusted advisors NOW, and who should be on that team to ensure the long-term care and protection of your child
- How to avoid the most common planning mistakes made by parents of children with special needs.
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About Steve Worrall
As a sandwich generation kid himself (caring for both children and aging parents), Steve (Stephen M.) Worrall KNOWS the struggles you are facing as you raise children, balance the demands of your job, and take care of your aging parents, too! Steve is an experienced wills, trusts and estate planning, elder law, special needs planning, probate lawyer and adoption attorney at Georgia Estate Plan: Worrall Law LLC, based in Marietta, Georgia, but he serves clients throughout the State. He concentrates his practice in all areas of estate planning including wills, trusts, probate, special needs planning and guardianship, and adoption. Steve is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), ElderCounsel, WealthCounsel, the Cobb County Bar Association Elder and Disability Law Section, and the State Bar of Georgia Elder and Fiduciary Law Sections. As an attorney, Steve has been distinguished by Atlanta Magazine and Super Lawyers as a Super Lawyer as a Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Marietta, GA. He has also received the prestigous AV Preeminent ranking by Martindale-Hubbell for over 15 years. He has received a 10 out 10 rating by AVVO.
Steve is an Atlanta native and has lived in Cobb County all of his life. He graduated with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1983. He practiced in the Buckhead area of Atlanta from 1983 until 1995, when he opened his own practice in his hometown suburb in Marietta, near the Square. He moved his office to East Cobb in 2016. He is married and is a dad to three children. He is involved in his community in local business groups and local theater and arts organizations.
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