Common Asset to Review with Special Needs Trusts

The following fifteen common assets and applicable beneficiary designations should be reviewed to make sure they will not be paid (or given) directly to the special needs child:

(1) IRA, 401(k) and other retirement benefits.
(2) Life insurance (including employer-provided life insurance) benefits.
(3) Accidental death and travel insurance benefits provided through credit cards when a person purchases a plane ticket, etc. using that credit card.
(4) Annuities.
(5) Savings Bonds.
(6) Any property not subject to the parents’ will or trust.
(7) UGMA or UTMA accounts.
(8) TOD, POD, ITF designations on accounts, savings bonds, or securities.
(9) Inheritances, gifts, or bequests through another person’s will or trust (if not paid to a third-party created and funded SNT).
(10) Deeds.
(11) Joint accounts.
(12) Jointly owned property, including jointly owned real estate.
(13) Final paycheck (including unused vacation and sick pay).
(14) Collectibles, antiques and family heirlooms.
(15) Personal injury and wrongful death proceeds payable to a parent’s estate (in contrast to personal injury and wrongful death proceeds payable, by law, directly to the special needs child).
(16) Homestead laws that give the surviving spouse a life estate and the minor children a vested remainder interest (as does Florida law in certain instances).

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