Letter of Intent for a Special Needs Parent - E-Book

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About the Letter of Intent eBook : No one else knows your child as well as you do, and no one ever could. You are a walking encyclopedia of your child’s history, experiences, habits, and wishes. If your child has special needs, the family’s history adds a helpful chapter to your child’s book, one detailing his unique medical, behavioral and educational requirements.

What would happen if you suddenly became unable to provide your child with the necessary supports he needs? Without you, your child would become dependent on other caregivers who simply do not possess all of your personal knowledge and insight. However, there are steps you can take now to minimize the natural disruption and disorientation that will occur upon your death or if you become unable to care for your child during your lifetime.

A letter of intent helps your loved ones and your child manage a difficult transition when you no longer are the primary caregiver. A letter of intent is an important planning tool for parents of children with special needs (including adult children), and and also guides your child’s future caregivers in making the most appropriate life decisions for your child including providing direction to your child’s trustee in fulfilling his or her fiduciary responsibilities

Although a letter of intent is one of the most important estate planning documents a parent can prepare, it is not a formal legal document that needs to be created by an attorney.

The goal of a letter of intent is to memorialize your knowledge of your child’s needs so that you may guide future caregivers, guardians and trustees in providing the best possible care to your child. Simply put, a thoughtful letter of intent ensures that those who come after you need not waste precious time figuring out the best way to manage and care for your child.

The letter of intent may be addressed to anyone you wish –

This document addresses the following points:

Emotional Information

Future Vision for the Child

Biographical and Personal Information

Medical Information

Personality Traits and Preferences

Personal Care Information

Habits and Hygiene

Meals and Dietary Requirements

Important Daily Routines

Family and Support Information

Family Information

Professional Support Information

Social and Recreation Support  Information

Friends and Extended Family Support Information

Other Family and Support Contacts

Financial Information

List of Advisors

Financial Information About Parents

Life Insurance, Potential Gifts, and Inheritances

Financial Information for Child

Structured Settlement Income

Your Financial Values

Legal Information

Overview of Estate Distribution

Location of Important Documents for Parents

Location of Legal Documents Specific to Child

Final Arrangements for Child

Government Benefit Information

Current Government Benefits

Potential Government Benefits

Government Benefit Contact Information

Once you prepare, sign and date the letter of intent, you should review the document annually and update it as necessary. It is important that you let your child’s potential future caregiver know the letter of intent exists and where it can be accessed; even better, you can review the document with the caregiver on an annual basis. The letter of intent should be placed with all of your other relevant legal and personal documents concerning your child.

The letter of intent can be a difficult and extremely emotional document to write, as it often is the first time parents actually envision their child with special needs navigating this world without them. However, once it is completed, the first important step has been taken toward creating a detailed road map for future caregivers and trustees. As a parent of a child with special needs, you also may be relieved to know that you are ensuring the highest quality of life for your child by laying the foundation for as seamless a transition as possible after you are gone


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