Does In-Kind Support and Maintenance from Family Members Affect Eligibility for SSI Benefits for My Adult Child with Special Needs?

Does In-Kind Support and Maintenance from Family Members Affect Eligibility for SSI Benefits for My Adult Child with Special Needs

In-kind support and maintenance can be beneficial, but it must be handled carefully. When family members live with individuals with special needs or provide them with certain forms of financial support, like food or housing, the eligibility of these individuals …
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Financial Resources for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Financial Resources for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Supporting children with special needs typically goes far beyond age 18 and often is a lifelong commitment. Children with special needs may also have more financial needs than other children, especially if they have complex medical problems or require a …
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How to Fund a Special Needs Trust

How to Fund a Special Needs Trust

A special needs trust is often the best way for parents to plan for the future care of a child. The proceeds of a special needs trust can help pay for items and services that government assistance doesn’t cover, like …
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Working When an Adult with Special Needs Receives SSI or Social Security Disability Benefits

Social Security

When an adult with special needs receives any Social Security benefits, earning wages from working could affect those benefits. However, the impact that working can have on Social Security benefits depends largely on what type of benefits the adult receives …
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SSI Recipients to See Significant Increase in 2023 Benefits

SSI Recipients

One common source of income for individuals with special needs, both as children and as adults, is Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This federal means-tested benefits program provides monthly cash assistance for individuals who are disabled and unable to work. As …
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What Happens to Public Benefits Eligibility if Your Child with Special Needs Marries?

What Happens to Public Benefits Eligibility if Your Child with Special Needs Marries

Some adults with special needs eventually choose to marry. When this happens, you may be concerned about the impact of your adult child’s marriage on their ability to continue to receive public benefits. When your adult child with special needs …
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Reporting Requirements: What Your Adult Child with Special Needs Must Report When Receiving Social Security Benefits

Reporting Requirements What Your Adult Child with Special Needs Must Report When Receiving Social Security Benefits

Many adult children with special needs receive Social Security benefits. Furthermore, many parents of adult children with special needs serve as their children’s guardians, powers of attorney, and/or representative payees for Social Security benefits. As a result, parents should be …
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How Can My Adult Child Continue to Receive Child Support from a Parent Without Jeopardizing Their Medicaid and SSI Eligibility?

Under Illinois law, children may have a right to receive child support from one or both parents after they reach adulthood if they are disabled. However, they also may be eligible to receive Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which …
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How Social Security Evaluates A Trust As A Countable Resource

How Social Security Evaluates A Trust As A Countable Resource

A person’s resources affect the ability to qualify for crucial government benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) sets forth resource limits for SSI applicants and recipients. For example, to qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), countable resources must not be worth more …
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Qualifying For Disability Benefits As An Adult

Qualifying For Disability Benefits As An Adult

Social Security benefits are available through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program to people who cannot work because they have a medical condition expected to last at least one year or result in death. Adults must meet a very …
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