Parents know their children better than anyone else. While this stands true for any parent-child relationship, it is especially applicable in families who have a child with special needs. Given the challenges that many children with disabilities face, parents may have valid concerns about what will happen to a child with special needs once they are gone. Creating a Houston special needs plan is an important step in the estate planning process that parents can take to provide themselves peace of mind, as well as provide their child with the support they need to live a long, fulfilling life.
One crucial element of a Houston special needs plan is the letter of intent. A letter of intent is simply a letter, drafted by parents, that includes vital information about their child to future caregivers. Unfortunately, letters of intent are often overlooked by parents who intend on having another family member take over the care giving role once they are gone. However, even if relatives are close with a child, they may not know all of the necessary information that a parent would hope to pass on. Further, in the event a familial caregiver passes away or becomes incapacitated themselves, vital information about the child would be lost. Thus, even if a family member is planning on assuming the caregiver’s role, a letter of intent is still important.