Christopher B Johnson Attorney At Law

CHRISTOPHER B. JOHNSON
ATTORNEY AT LAW
(888) 838-8771

16
MAY
2016
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A Lost or Destroyed Will: Estate Litigation in California

A will is a public document outlining his or her wishes with regard to distribution of the estate after death. But, because many people wisely create wills long before their death while unwisely failing to keep the will in a safe, accessible place, in many cases that will ends up...
23
MAR
2016
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Common Medical Conditions With Special Needs

Special needs children can face medical, physical and logistical challenges that can endure far after their parents or guardians pass. If you’re a parent of a special needs child, what can you do to prevent future issues? How can you ensure your child obtains fair benefits from...
23
FEB
2016
Setting Up a Special Needs Trust in CA: 5 Things You Need to Know

Setting Up a Special Needs Trust in CA: 5 Things You Need to Know

  Planning your estate can be challenging, and having a dependent with special needs can complicate the matter. A Special Needs Trust (SNT) is a powerful tool designed to protect the financial security of your child (or other dependent) if you can no longer care for him or...
11
JAN
2016
Benefits of a Special Needs Trust

Benefits of a Special Needs Trust

Carol Morgan’s son has Downs Syndrome. While Carol marvels at her son’s ability to adapt, she sometimes worries that Daniel will not be properly supported when she is gone. Her anxiety is shared by hundreds of thousands of parents around the country. Ease of Mind with a Special...
21
DEC
2015
Creating a Special Needs Trust for a Loved One

Creating a Special Needs Trust for a Loved One

Planning ahead for one’s legacy can be complicated. Estate planning becomes all the more challenging for families with special needs children. If you have children or other close relatives with special needs, you want to ensure he or she is cared for when you are gone.   It...
02
NOV
2015
Special Needs Trust: An Essential Estate Planning Tool

Special Needs Trust: An Essential Estate Planning Tool

Special needs trusts (sometimes called supplemental needs trusts, or SNTs) help parents protect their children from financial problems and preserve their public benefits. Purpose of Special Needs Trusts Government programs, such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI),...
18
JUN
2015
What You Need to Set Up a Special Needs Trust in CA

What You Need to Set Up a Special Needs Trust in CA

If you live in California and have a special needs child who is receiving MediCal, Social Security Disability or other government benefits and is under the age of 65, you should consider setting up a Special Needs Trust in California. This type of trust is irrevocable, however,...
21
AUG
2013
Adult special needs trusts by Christopher B Johnson

Are Special Needs Trusts Only for Minor Children?

You may generally think of a trust as only for your minor children, but a special needs trust can be created for any disabled individual regardless of age. Protect Your Child’s Eligibility If your child has qualified for governmental benefits such as Social Security Disability...
14
AUG
2013
Special Needs Trusts by Christopher B Johnson Attorney At Law

Can I Just Leave Money for a Sibling to Look After My Special Needs Child?

Instead of Creating a Special Needs Trust, Can I Just Leave Money for a Sibling to Look After My Special Needs Child? A special needs trust is for the benefit of a disabled child or adult who are unable to care for themselves financially and who have insufficient assets to pay...
04
FEB
2011

Wills, professional trustee, trusts, prudent investor rule

I had dinner a while ago with a terrific trust officer from Wells Fargo trust services, who was frustrated that a personal injury settlement of several million dollars was divided into a large structured settlement and a very small special needs trust. Her client, the injured...