Brett Howell, the founder of the Elder and Estate Planning Law Firm, specializes in helping Michigan families protect their estates. Whether you are worried about nursing home expenses that cost approximately $9,000.00 per month, assisted living expenses, having your estate avoid probate court or planning for a special needs child or grandchild, Brett has helped thousands of families obtain peace of mind when faced with such issues. Often this involves qualifying for Medicaid or VA benefits, creating a trust for an estate or a special needs trust for a disabled loved one. If you are dealing with any of these issues, contact our office for a confidential consultation to discuss your concerns with Brett – you will be glad (and relieved) you did.
Generally when a Special Needs Trust is created, questions arise as to what types of distributions will negatively impact the beneficiary's current SSI benefits. Here are a few basic examples of distributions which will reduce the SSI Benefit: Basic shelter related expenses Food Basic items of clothing Cash for any purpose Examples of Impermissible Trust Distributions Distribution not in the best interest of the beneficiary (made primarily for the benefit of another person) P