Special Needs Planning & Guardianships

At West and West LLP, we are committed to helping families plan for the future care and financial security of loved ones with special needs. Special needs planning and establishing guardianships are crucial steps in ensuring that your family member receives the care and protection they deserve, both now and in the future.

Understanding Special Needs Planning

Special needs planning involves creating a comprehensive plan to address the unique challenges faced by individuals with disabilities. Our services include:

  • Special Needs Trusts: Setting up a special needs trust to manage assets for the benefit of your loved one without affecting their eligibility for government benefits such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
  • Government Benefits: Navigating the complex landscape of government benefits to ensure your loved one receives all the support they are entitled to.
  • Financial Planning: Developing a long-term financial strategy to provide for your family member’s current and future needs, including healthcare, education, and personal care.

Comprehensive Guardianship Services

Guardianships are essential for protecting individuals who cannot make decisions for themselves due to age, disability, or incapacity. Our guardianship services include:

  • Establishing Guardianships: Assisting families in petitioning the court to appoint a legal guardian to make decisions on behalf of a loved one.
  • Conservatorships: Setting up conservatorships to manage the financial affairs of individuals who are unable to do so themselves.
  • Guardianship Alternatives: Exploring less restrictive alternatives to guardianship, such as powers of attorney, healthcare proxies, and supported decision-making agreements.

Our Process

  1. Initial Consultation: We start with a thorough consultation to understand your goals, concerns, and family dynamics.
  2. Customized Planning: Based on your input, we develop a tailored legacy and family protection plan that addresses all your needs.
  3. Implementation: We assist you in drafting and executing all necessary legal documents, ensuring they comply with current laws and regulations.
  4. Ongoing Support: As life circumstances change, we are here to help you update your plan to reflect new developments, ensuring continuous protection for your family.

Why Choose West and West LLP?

  • Expertise in Special Needs Law: Our attorneys have specialized knowledge and experience in special needs planning and guardianships, ensuring your family receives the best possible advice and representation.
  • Personalized Approach: We take the time to understand your family’s unique situation and provide compassionate, individualized service.
  • Comprehensive Support: From initial planning to ongoing assistance, we are committed to being there for your family every step of the way.

Contact Us

Ensure your loved one with special needs receives the care and protection they deserve. Schedule a consultation with West and West LLP to start planning for their future. Contact us at (713) 222-9378west@westandwest.com, or visit our office at 3818 Fox Meadow Lane, Pasadena.