I am disabled and have a special needs trust, but no will or plan for who will be recieve my estate after my death or supervise if I cannot think anymore. My trustee for special needs trust is in il but I dont think she should be my medical poa as well. I live in ca, but trust is in il. I don't know what state to use, or what I else I need to protect myself. Is a simple will is enough to select beneficiaries & provide for my pets, and what other legal documents I should have? Thanks

Jeffrey Lippman ∙ September 23, 2019


Your estate plan, especially items like a Medical Advanced Directive, should be from your State of legal residency. That sounds like Illinois. This should not impact your Special Needs Trust, but you want to make sure other estate planning documents like a Will or Living Trust works hand and hand with the Special Needs Trust. To discuss the specifics and the right option(s) for you, please schedule a consultation with your LegalZoom provider firm.


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