Cook County Special Needs Attorneys | Special Needs Lawyers, Cook County

Cook County Special Needs Attorneys | Special Needs Lawyers, Cook County

At O'Flaherty our Cook County special needs attorneys have the expertise to navigate special needs legalities to get you or your loved one the benefits you need.

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The purpose of a free consultation is to determine whether our firm is a good fit for your legal needs. Although we often discuss expected results and costs, our attorneys do not give legal advice unless and until you choose to retain us. Although most consultations are complimentary, some may carry a charge depending on the type of matter and meeting location.

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O'Flaherty Law of Chicago

1941 N. Elston, Ste. A Chicago, IL 60642

Phone:

(312) 736-1384

E-Mail:

chicago@oflaherty-law.com

Hours: 9 am - 7 pm Monday - Friday 11 am - 3pm Saturday 11 am - 2 pm Sunday

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Kevin O'Flaherty oversees all legal matters and is actively involved in making sure every client's case, big or small, is handled with excellence and attention to detail. He is available to contact through phone and email and his rates are available upon request.

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What are Special Needs Trusts?

In this video, our Cook County special needs attorneys explain how special needs trusts are also useful tools in the estate plans of the parents of disabled children.  Typically we recommend that the parents’ wills and trusts provide that the inheritance that would normally go to the disabled child be disbursed instead to that child’s pre-established Special Needs Trust.  This avoids having a child who is reliant on SSI income lose that income because his or her assets have increased above $2,000.00 as the result of inheritance.  If the inheritance instead goes directly into the child’s pre-established Special Needs Trust, the child’s SSI income will not be reduced based on the receipt of the inheritance.  It is important to note that in order for this strategy to work, the Special Needs Trust must be created BEFORE the parent passes away.


In this episode of Learn About Law, our Cook County special needs attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses how to use special needs trusts in order to maximize social security benefits for individuals with disabilities.

First Party Special Needs Trusts vs Third Party Special Needs Trusts in Illinois

In this video, our Cook County special needs attorneys discuss the three different types of special needs trusts. Those trusts are: First party trust, third party trusts, and pooled trusts. Depending on your situation depends on where the assets used to fund the trust are coming from. If they are assets owned by the beneficiary, then a first party special needs trust is appropriate. However, gifts and inheritances should be placed in a third party special needs trust rather than being commingled with assets owned by a first party trust in order to avoid those assets being used to pay back Medicaid when the individual with special needs passes.

In this Learn About Law article, Cook County special needs attorney Kevin O'Flaherty compares first party special needs trusts and third party special needs trusts in Illinois.

What are Illinois ABLE Accounts and Special Needs Trusts

In this video, our Cook County special needs attorneys discuss Illinois special needs trusts, also known as Supplemental Needs Trusts, and Illinois ABLE Accounts which are tools that allow individuals with disabilities to earn income, accumulate wealth, receive gifts and inheritances, and maintain a quality lifestyle while still qualifying for government benefits.

In this Learn About Law article, Cook County special needs attorney Kevin O'Flaherty compares first party special needs trusts and third party special needs trusts in Illinois.

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