Creating a Life Plan for Your Special Needs

Child - Beyond Legal Requirements 

Creating a life plan for a child with special needs is not just about satisfying legal requirements. It's about crafting a comprehensive roadmap that ensures your child can live a fulfilling, joyful life well into adulthood. While legal instruments like Special Needs Trusts are incredibly valuable, it's crucial to step back to consider the holistic aspects of planning, from education to social inclusion, and more.

In the context of special needs planning, a Life Care Plan can be a comprehensive document that outlines the long-term needs, objectives, and resources required for an individual with special needs. It serves as a roadmap for families and caregivers, providing a structured approach to identifying and addressing the myriad of challenges and aspects of care that come with raising a child or caring for an adult with special needs. The goal is to ensure that the individual lives a fulfilling, meaningful life with as much independence and dignity as possible. 

A Life Care Plan is not a static document; it should be regularly updated to reflect changes in health, legislation, and the individual's needs and preferences.

By coordinating legal, financial, and healthcare elements, a Life Care Plan provides a holistic approach to managing the lifetime needs of an individual with special needs. It is often advisable to consult with professionals, including special needs attorneys, financial advisors, and medical practitioners, to create and maintain this important resource.

Your initial assessment should start with the following steps:

Your Life Care Plan should also address:

1. Understanding Your Child's Unique Needs

Every child is different, and understanding your child’s unique needs is the first step in any life planning process.

2. Financial Planning Beyond the Special Needs Trust

While establishing a Special Needs Trust is crucial, other financial tools can also benefit your child.

3. Educational Goals and Resources

Education is more than just schooling; it's about equipping your child with the tools to succeed in life.

4. Healthcare and Therapy

Consistent healthcare is crucial for children with special needs.

5. Social and Emotional Development

Your child’s social and emotional growth is just as important as their physical health.

6. Long-Term Guardianship and Care

While it's painful to think about, planning for a time when you may not be around is essential.

7. Preparing for Adulthood

As children age, the focus should shift towards helping them become as independent as possible.

Planning for a special needs child goes beyond just meeting legal requirements. It's about creating a comprehensive, evolving plan that covers financial, educational, and emotional aspects of the child's life. For specialized advice tailored to your situation, consult professionals who understand the nuances of special needs planning.

You can now schedule your consultation online!  Please note, after you have scheduled your consultation online, our team will contact you to confirm the meeting and give you further details to prepare for the consultation. 

If you need an appointment at a different time than appears available, more information about the consultation process, or have any questions at all, please call the office at 

480-699-3145 and our staff will be more than happy to assist.   

Estate Planning

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Special Needs Trusts, DDD & ALTCS Planning


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Emily R. Taylor is an attorney licensed by the State Bar of Arizona.  Emily Taylor practices in the areas of Special Needs Planning, Guardianships (and its alternatives), Estate Planning, and Special Needs Trusts.  The office of Emily R. Taylor, Attorney PLLC is located in Phoenix, Arizona.  Emily Taylor is available to consult on legal matters throughout the state of Arizona.

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