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Frequently Asked Questions: Estate Planning & Probate

What is a Special Needs Trust or Supplemental Needs Trust?

A special needs trust is a vehicle to provide for the needs of a beneficiary without endangering his or her eligibility for Medicaid, social security and other government benefits.  The trustee of the special needs trust, following the provisions of the trust, manages the assets for the benefit of the disabled beneficiary in a manner that satisfies all state and federal regulations, and therefore does not disqualify the beneficiary from receiving government benefits.