Category: Special Needs Planning

Trusts That Protect The Vulnerable, Disabled, Or Self-Destructive Adult Child.

By Rick Law, Elder Law Attorney in Western Suburban Chicagoland. As we meet with clients it becomes clear to us that many people are concerned about what will happen to their loved ones who are particularly vulnerable. It may be a child who has been disabled either physically or mentally since birth; that child may […]

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83 Years Old and Never an Empty-Nester

This is a reprint of a blog post originally published November 7, 2008.  Although almost 2 years have passed, many parents of disabled children still live in fear of what will happen when they can no longer serve as primary caregiver for their child.  We hope that reprinting this blog post will help  these parents […]

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The Parent’s Prayer

He looked directly at me and softly said, “Every day I pray ‘the parent’s prayer’—that Mitchell has a long, healthy life, but that Linda and I live just one moment longer, so that no one else ever has to take on the enormous responsibility of caring for our special needs child.” I was interviewing attorney […]

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The Lifetime Love and Protection Trust (The Lifetime Parenting Trust)

A number of times I have had clients tell me that they love their adult children, but  they have a child who has chosen a destructive lifestyle.  Sometimes it’s a mental health issue, or sometimes it’s just a matter of making very bad choices.  These parents do not want to abandon any of their children—but […]

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Forever Santa

“How do you grow up to become Santa Claus?” I innocently asked the white-bearded man. Laying a finger aside of his nose, he looked at me gently and told his story.

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Santa Knows Autism Spectrum Disorders

I will never take Santa Claus for granted again! Most of us grew up with Santa Claus as a beloved Christmas icon. Maybe you have one or two special Santa memories that you cherish. Did you take your kids to visit Santa and then tuck the photo away as a life-long Christmas treasure?  I sure […]

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Feather The Nest With A TLC Trust

What do you do if you’re an elderly parent still caring for a disabled child who can’t care for him or herself?  Last week I wrote about “empty nesters” who have never really had an empty nest. These are parents of children with disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, hearing loss, mental retardation, vision impairment, […]

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83 Years Old and Never an Empty-Nester

My wife and I have almost reached the empty-nester stage.  We look forward to that event with excitement, and a little anxiety too.  We have raised four children, ranging in age from 32 to 17.  After such a long run in parenting minors, it’s time to move on to that more senior stage referred to […]

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