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A: A special needs trust is a very unique trust for which an individual must qualify. There are several clauses that must be included that would never be found in any standard trust.
One major difference is that the beneficiary cannot be either the grantor or the trustee. In addition, there are only a few people who can actually qualify as the grantor of a special needs trust. Another difference is that a special needs trust must specifically reference the federal or state statute under which it was created to be a valid, exempt trust. It must also provide for the payback of medical assistance benefits provided upon the death of the disabled to the state.
A: Any qualified disabled individual under the age of 65 should have a special needs trust if it’s at all possible. Special needs trusts are used for a disabled individual’s supplemental needs – meaning the needs that are not paid for by the state medical assistance programs or any other public benefits.