Explaining third-party special needs trusts

Explaining Third Party Special Needs Trusts

Third-party special needs trusts are complicated to understand. Part of the confusion arises from the similarity of names. Self-settled (or first-party) special needs trusts are very different animals, but the similarity of names adds to the problem. In this podcast episode, we try to demystify some of the issues around third-party special needs trusts. Join…

Supplemental benefits trust

What is a Supplemental Benefits Trust?

We’ve written — and talked — about different types of special needs trusts over the past week. One term that we frequently hear is about “supplemental benefits” trusts. Are they same thing as special needs trusts? Are they even recognized in Arizona? In this week’s podcast, we try to demystify the supplemental benefits trust. Join…

Different types of special needs trusts

Different Types of Special Needs Trusts

There are different types of special needs trusts. That should not be surprising — but the effect sometimes is. Besides that, the differences can generate plenty of confusion. Host Robert Fleming and guest Elizabeth Noble Rollings Friman, partners in the Tucson elder law firm of Fleming & Curti, PLC, discuss the differences and some of…

State court

State Court Ordered to Approve Special Needs Trust

When an individual receiving Medicaid benefits receives a significant personal injury award, federal law permits creation of a “special needs” trust to hold the proceeds. That way, the individual can continue to receive Medicaid and other government benefits. Although every state’s Medicaid program allows such trusts, state court judges often balk at the concept. A…