Caring for a Sibling with Special Needs – June 2020

Caring for a Sibling with Special Needs – June 2020

Over the last two months, families have generally spent more time together due to the quarantine related to the Coronavirus. Some families have had their family member, who is living with a physical, mental or intellectual disability or has special needs, return home...

Take Some Time – May 2020

Take Some Time – May 2020

We all know, the Corona Virus is bad…really bad.  When you are living with a chronic condition or a disability, no matter what your age, the feelings of anxiety can be even more strong.  If you are living with a mental illness, the anxiety can grow into depression,...

Living Life Using a Special Needs Trust – March 2020

Living Life Using a Special Needs Trust – March 2020

The purpose of a special needs trust is to help a person living with a disability live a good quality of life while preserving personal assets. Who determines what a person’s quality of life is? When does someone know that a good quality of life is reached? How can a...

The Benefits of a Special Needs Trust – January 2020

The Benefits of a Special Needs Trust – January 2020

Imagine that your loved one, or you, is living with a physical, mental or intellectual disability.  You discover that your assets you have worked so hard to accumulate, an inheritance, or a financial settlement from a lawsuit could jeopardize your eligibility to...

Reflecting on Life’s Circumstances -January 2020

Reflecting on Life’s Circumstances -January 2020

The Rev. Dr. Leigh Spruill wrote “Roughly twenty-five hundred years ago, the early Greek philosopher Heraclitus famously said, “all is flux; nothing is stationary.” Heraclitus compared life to a flowing river, noting that a person never steps into the same river...

Fall Festivities with your Special needs child – October 2019

Fall Festivities with your Special needs child – October 2019

Angela Abraham stated it best when she described autumn as “…our garland, the grand finale of a successful season.  It is the parade we cherish, a grand dance of the foliage that came to brighten our days. It is the time of seeds bequeathed to the soils, of that which...

Financial Abuse and Special Needs Trusts – July 2019

Financial Abuse and Special Needs Trusts – July 2019

You may have heard of “Medicaid Spend Down.”  This is when someone must spend their money, down to $2,000, to be able to qualify for government benefits such as SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and Medicaid – to cover their healthcare needs. Instead of having a...

What Can I do If I am Disabled – May 2019

What Can I do If I am Disabled – May 2019

There are six prominent disabilities in Tennessee.  In adults, 14.4% are disabled. Adult disabilities include being able to ambulate (walk), cognitive (mental capacity), hearing, visual, self-care and independent living. Based on Tennessee statistics, 995,000 of the...

What Can I do for Jason? – April 2019

What Can I do for Jason? – April 2019

  Jason was born with Down’s Syndrome back in 1948. “When I look back at his life, I am so glad I have had so much time with him. He has made my life so beautiful by what I have seen through his eyes.  Now, it is time for me to do something meaningful for Jason”,...

Spring Into Action – March 2019

Spring Into Action – March 2019

What is something you would like to do this spring? I bet the thought of establishing a trust for your loved one did not cross your mind. Yet, now that you are thinking about this, let’s consider the benefits of special needs trusts and what they can provide someone...

Without a Trust, You are at Risk – February 2019

Without a Trust, You are at Risk – February 2019

It is February, the month of love.  Are you showing yourself some love? If not, do you know what you are risking? Is your loved one or you living with a physical, mental or intellectual disability or progressive chronic illness?  Without a Special Needs Trust to...

What is the Difference in Special Needs Trusts? – January 2019

What is the Difference in Special Needs Trusts? – January 2019

A person, of any age, may benefit from a Special Needs Trusts. There are three types of Special Needs Trusts (SNT), used by people living with a physical, mental or intellectual disability. The person who will benefit from the establishment of a SNT is called the...

I Wish I Had Known This Sooner –July 2018

I Wish I Had Known This Sooner –
July 2018

John’s grandfather had always wanted to financially help his special needs grandson. He thought he was doing the right thing by leaving a lump sum of money, to his grandson, in his will. Yet, circumstances would prove him wrong.  John was surprised when he received an...

Vista Points Special Needs Trusts & Resource Center – June 2018

Vista Points Special Needs Trusts & Resource Center – June 2018

Imagine that your loved one, or you, is living with a physical, mental or intellectual disability.  You discover that your assets you have worked so hard to accumulate, an inheritance, or a financial settlement from a lawsuit could jeopardize your eligibility to...