When you have a child with special needs or disabilities, there are many decisions that need to be made regarding his or her future security and physical care. All parents want to protect their children, and those who have kids with disabilities will find that they must take extra steps to achieve their goals. Working with a special needs planning attorney in Virginia who focuses on this area of the law and understands your family’s unique needs can make all the difference.
To ensure that your child is well taken care of both now and in the future, it’s important to find an attorney that you believe you can develop a long-term relationship with. Your attorney will likely be by your side as your family changes and grows—perhaps supporting you now with Special Needs Trusts and Social Security benefit concerns, while assisting your family with guardianship filings when your child transitions into adulthood.
As you meet with qualified candidates, consider asking the following questions of your prospective attorney to narrow down the best fit for your family:
- How many years of experience do you have in Special Needs Planning?
- What led you to this kind of work?
- What is your overall educational and professional background?
- How would you describe a Special Needs Trust and what it means for my family?
- What are your typical fees? Do you bill hourly or will I have the benefit of flat fees?
You will likely have other questions that are important to you. For example, are there specific considerations that come into play regarding your child’s particular disability? Are there other family members or caregivers that need to be involved in the planning process? What government and other resources are available, and how does your special needs planning affect eligibility?
Of course, the overall goal is to find someone knowledgeable who can guide you as you put your plan together. In the end, you should feel confident that you have created a plan that will protect and care for your child when you are no longer able to do so yourself.
If you are ready to start the process of interviewing to hire a special needs planning attorney in Virginia and you would like to meet with Sheri, just call the Law Office of Sheri R. Abrams at (571) 328-5795. We’d be happy to meet with you and discuss in depth how we may be able to help your family prepare for the future.