The holiday season is right around the corner, so it will soon be time to start thinking about gift giving for family and friends. It's often a challenge to come up with ideas for unique and unexpected presents for the people in your life, especially when it comes to loved ones with special needs and their caregivers. There are so many types of gifts they'll cherish, and many more options for items they need and can really use. As you gear up to head to the stores or online to shop, check out our holiday guide to gifts that will get rave reviews from everyone on your list.
Every October, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys celebrates National Special Needs Law Month as a way to educate and raise awareness about planning for loved ones with developmental disabilities. While many families are aware of the benefits of common estate planning tools under Michigan probate law, such as wills and trusts, not as many are familiar with the "special needs trust." If a family member suffers from a disability-related condition, you should discuss your situation with a Michigan elder and disability lawyer to determine appropriate planning strategies. However, here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about special needs trusts.