Special Needs Financial Planners Sunnyvale CA

Read on to learn information on special needs financial planners in Sunnyvale, CA and gain access to public-private funding, special needs trust establishment, traditional investments, insurance services, and special needs supplement reporting, as well as advice and content on special needs financial panning.

Maisie Soetantyo
(650) 483-7174
150 West Iowa Ave. # 103
Sunnyvale, CA
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, RDI, State Resources, Insurance, State Resources, Parent Training, State Resources, Regional Centers/Early Intervention Agency, Support Group Meetings
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Esther Fan
(650) 575-3690
Mountain View, CA
Support Services
Advocates (Special Education), Disability Advocacy, Lawyers (Special Education)
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Los Altos Feeding Clinic
(650) 237-9111
2235 Grant Rd Suite 2
los altos, CA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Other, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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John L. Doonan, MFCC
(408) 314-2618
21580 #112 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertion, CA
Support Services
Other

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Kristina Czapkay
(650) 520-4592
1777 Lafayette Street
Santa Clara, CA
Support Services
Early Intervention, Helpful Websites, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Kaiser Permanente Mountain View
(800) 464-4000
555 Castro St. and 565 Castro St.
Mountain View, CA
Support Services
Other

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Creative Learning Center
(650) 964-4330
Los Altos, CA
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Assistive Technology, Behavorial Intervention, Occupational Therapy, RDI, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Pediatric Feeding Seminar
(650) 752-4993
2235 Grant Rd
Los Altos, CA
Support Services
Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Adult

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Northern California Coalition-Parents Helping Parents
408-727-5775, Ext. 139
3041 Olcott Street
Santa Clara, CA
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Parents Helping Parents
(408) 727-5775
3041 Olcott Street
Santa Clara, CA
Support Services
Government/State Agency, State Resources, Parent Training

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Common Mistakes Parents Make With Their Special Needs Trusts

Common mistakes parents make with their special needs trusts

Heath Burch, CFP

We meet a number of families each year that have already met with a planner in an attempt to design a special needs plan. The plans are put together with the best of intentions in hopes of providing ongoing care for their loved one with special needs. Unfortunately, many of these plans are incorrectly designed and fall short of providing the desired outcome.

The most common errors we see are often related to the drafting of a special needs trust. We'll outline below three of the most common mistakes we encounter when working with reviewing these trusts.

Each week we review a number of special needs trusts given to us by parents simply looking to confirm that what they have works. The family has done exactly what they thought they needed in that they have created a trust in order to provide ongoing care for their loved one with special needs should they no longer able to provide it. The problem is that many of these documents are put into place without the parents truly understanding what they are signing.

We've seen documents that do not successfully preserve access to benefits like social security, often the primary goal of the trust. We have encountered documents that make the state (Medicaid) the named beneficiary of any assets remaining after the child's life in cases when it is not necessary. At times we have even seen documents that ultimately disinherit a child with special needs without the parents even aware of the fact.

If you aren't certain that your legal documents are designed as you intended or worse, you aren't sure exactly what they contain, please get them reviewed by an attorney that specializes in this type of planning. It never hurts to get a second opinion and provide yourself the sense of security of knowing that you have a well-drafted, effective set of legal documents to protect your family.

In the event that you have a well-drafted special needs trust your work may not be done. If the attorney or advisor you worked with hasn't walked you through how to title all of your various assets and you haven't moved most of your assets into the trust when appropriate, or directed them to the trust through a beneficiary designation or transfer on death designation when appropriate, you aren't done.

This is not an easy task, which is exactly why so many families walk into our office without having it done. There are a lot of reasons why the titling work may not have been done. It is possible the advisor didn't want to take on the responsibility. Maybe you weren't sure how to title an asset such as your house in the trust? Or maybe you had every intention of updating your beneficiary designations, but just forgot or ran out of time?

Regardless, you must finish what you started. If the attorney or advisor that helped you with the trust hasn't helped you finish the job, it is your responsibility to find someone who can.

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