Planning For The Needs Of Autistic Children
According to the Autism Society, the lifetime cost of care for an autistic child ranges from $3.5 to $5 million. The cost of behavioral therapy alone for autistic children can be $40,000 to $50,000 per year. The cost of care for an adult in a supported residential facility can range from $50,000 to $100,000 per year.
Nearly 25 Years Of Legal Experience To Help You Plan Ahead
To ensure that your loved one receives the care that he or she needs, speak with a special needs planning attorney. J. Kevin Tharpe has 25 years of experience with these complex legal matters. He can help your family set up the legal and financial tools that will protect your child or an incapacitated adult in all circumstances. Please call 866-253-6994 to make an appointment today.
Trusts And Guardianships
Autism is extremely common in Northeast Georgia. We have represented many people with autistic family members and understand the concerns you have for your loved one, including the cost of care. With a special needs trust, we can provide funds to supplement basic needs and care without disqualifying the beneficiary from receiving government benefits.
We can also create a guardianship or conservatorship for an adult special needs child. It is best to begin this process before your child’s 18th birthday, so you will be prepared in the event of an emergency such as an illness or injury. When special needs children turn 18, they are legally considered adults. To make decisions for them and be allowed to discuss their health care, parents need to establish a guardianship.