Attorney Checklist

Click here to download this First-Party Pooled Special Needs Trust Attorney Checklist as a PDF.  This checklist should be completed with the Joinder Agreement.

For attorneys who are assisting a client in establishing a First-Party Pooled Special Needs Trust, CCT requests that the following information be discussed with the client.

  • Confirmation that the Beneficiary of the trust has special needs.
  • The Trust Company of Virginia (TCVA) will provide a K-1 form to the Advocate, as required by IRS Regulations, and to consult with a tax preparer with any questions.
  • Confirmation that there are currently no liens or claims against the trust sub account funds.
  • Notification to client that certain trusts may be subject to claims for some medical or hospital services under state law (e.g.VA Code§8.01-66.2)
  • Notification to CCT for a client where a court appointment with qualification is required to establish the trust in order to obtain the proper wording.
  • Notification to CCT if annual court accounting to the commissioner is required.
  • Notification to client that in order to protect SSI benefits, the trust does not disburse funds for shelter or food as SSI is intended to pay for these expenses. If there is an unusual circumstance, such disbursements must be reported to SSA and may reduce the client’s SSI benefits.
  • Notification to client that the trust follows the rules regarding SSI and Medicaid in order to protect both SSI and Medicaid benefits.
  • For a client receiving Medicaid, notification that federal law requires that upon the death of the Beneficiary the state’s Medicaid office is notified and funds can no longer be disbursed from the trust. CCT should be notified of the Beneficiary’s death as soon as possible. Once the Medicaid office provides an accounting of the amount owed to the state to reimburse Medicaid for expenses paid on behalf of the Beneficiary, CCT will follow the policy described in the Joinder Agreement under “Distributions Upon the Death of the Beneficiary”.
  • For a Beneficiary 65 years of age or older and receive Medicaid Long-term Care, notification to client of the Transfer of Assets Penalty. Please contact CCT to inquire whether this penalty is applicable in your state, as not all states abide by this rule, and to discuss your client’s situation.
  • For SSI Recipients, notification to client that the Transfer of Assets penalty would apply unless the Beneficiary is able to demonstrate to SSA that without SSI it would cause an undue hardship (no funds available for food or shelter). Note: Documenting hardship is usually not a problem for SSI recipients.
  • For a client receiving Section 8 Subsidized Housing (HUD), notification that a special needs trust may impact eligibility for subsidized housing.

Note: It is not the intention of Commonwealth Community Trust (CCT) to provide legal advice.

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