Polk County Special Needs Attorneys

Polk County Special Needs Attorneys

Have the peace of mind you deserve with our Polk County special needs attorneys who will devout their skills to provide you with the best legal means necessary.

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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 Des Moines

2716 Grand Ave., Ste. 2 Des Moines, IA 50312

Phone:

(515) 207-2006

E-Mail:

desmoines.ia@oflaherty-law.com

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

See below for our other locations. If our office locations are not convenient for you, we are happy to speak with you by phone.  ​​​

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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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Iowa Court Appointed Guardians

In this video, our Polk County special needs attorneys explain that a court-appointed guardian is an individual who has been granted legal authority by an Iowa court to care for and take responsibility for another individual who is unable to legally take care of herself and make decisions or is incapacitated and unable to care for herself and make decisions. The court must determine that the potential non-parent guardian will act in the best interest of the ward. The most common type of court-appointed guardianship in Iowa is guardianship for an incapacitated adult. This type of guardianship includes everything from adults who have been in sudden accidents and left with an inability to complete a mental or physical task to adults succumbing to mental or physical diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. The adult does not have to be completely physically or mentally incapacitated to require a guardian. Generally, for the court to appoint a guardian for an adult, the individual with a disability must lack the ability to make sound decisions regarding their own well being and/or financial issues.

In this episode, our Polk County attorney explains court appointed​ guardianship​ in Iowa.

What are Special Needs Trusts?

In this video, our Polk County special needs attorneys discuss how a to use  Special Needs Trusts, also known as Supplemental Needs Trusts, in order to allow disabled individuals to accumulate assets and income in excess of these amounts without reducing the amount of SSI benefits that they are eligible to receive. Typically a loved one will create the trust and serve as trustee, with the disabled individual being the beneficiary.  A bank account will then be opened in the name of the trust.

In this episode, our Polk County attorney Kevin O'Flaherty will explain how to use special needs trusts in order to maximize social security benefits for individuals with disabilities.

Testamentary Special Needs Trusts vs. Stand-Alone Special Needs Trusts

In this video, our Polk County special needs attorneys explain how a special needs trust is a tool that can be used to benefit a person with a disability.  It allows the person with a disability to accumulate assets and earn income without negatively impacting government benefits.  Many government benefits are “means-tested” meaning that if the recipient earns more than a certain threshold in income or accumulates more than a certain threshold in assets, the benefits will be reduced or eliminated.

A testamentary special needs trust is one that is provided for in a third party’s will or trust.  An example is when a parent of an individual with a disability provides in her will that upon her death a special needs trust will be created for her child and that a certain portion of her estate will be transferred to the trust.  This can also be accomplished through a revocable living trust. A testamentary special needs trust does not actually come into existence until the death of the third party whose will or trust provides for it.

In this episode, our Polk County attorney Kevin O'Flaherty will explain how to use special needs trusts in order to maximize social security benefits for individuals with disabilities.

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