Estate Planning

What Separates ABLE Accounts From Special Needs Trusts?

Estate planning is difficult, but for loved ones with special needs, the process can be particularly challenging. Besides worrying about the type of care your loved one will receive, you are likely overwhelmed with many other questions including who will manage finances and whether the person will be able to receive benefits without being disqualified from receiving government assistance. Fortunately, there a variety of strategies to protect your loved one including ABLE accounts and special needs trust. While it can be tempting to view these two accounts as similar, there are some substantial differences between the two.

The Role of ABLE Accounts

Relative newcomers on the estate planning scene, ABLE accounts allow individuals with disabilities a way to save some assets without interfering with eligibility with government assistance programs like Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income. A person is permitted to have only one ABLE account and if assets in the account exceed $100,000, this excess will count towards that individual’s $2,000 resources limit for SSI eligibility. 

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