The Best of Financial Books for Parents of Special Needs Children

Book reviews of my recommendations for the best financial books about raising children with special needs.

Special Needs TrustsSpecial Needs Trusts - Protect Your Child's Future
By Kevin Urbatsch and Michele Fuller-Urbatsch

A lot of NOLO books are good, this one is excellent. It provides a well laid out, informed guide to producing a strong special needs trust for your child. The majority will set up a trust with an attorney, but should get this book anyway. It provides assurance that all your bases are covered and provides a great outline for developing your trust. It raises many of the issues you will face, provides case law with in-depth answers to common questions, and will give you insight on what to expect and what to ask for, when you meet with your attorney. It also provide templates to set up a Special Needs Trust yourself.
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special needs life planThe Complete Guide to Creating a Special Needs Life Plan: A Comprehensive Approach Integrating Life, Resource, Financial, and Legal Planning to Ensure a Brighter Future for a Person with a Disability
By Hal Wright

An excellent guide to setting up a life plan for your special needs child or adult. Practical advice on a very difficult subject. This is the only book that takes you in depth into financial and life planning for your special needs child. It raises hard questions, but provides a lot of practical information that parents need in completing a long term plan for their child, after they are no longer there to care for him or her. A lot of emphasis is placed on setting up financial and other support plus training for your child ahead of time, so do not delay in getting this book. Rather expensive but worth it.
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Social Security DisabilityNolo's Guide to Social Security Disability: Getting & Keeping Your Benefits
By David A Morton, III

When your child gets older and you retire, you will want to get up to speed on Social Security Disability benefits. This comprehensive guide will get you started. The focus is on adults, but it provides useful information for families for this complicated subject.
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