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 receive government benefits for your basic care.
Unfortunately, this scenario is all too common for people living with disabilities. Thanks to the advocacy of Vista Points, Inc., many people of any age with special needs are becoming aware of various legal venues they may be able to use to protect their assets and potentially qualify or maintain needed government benefits.
Vista Points serves as the nation’s only Special Needs Trusts & Resource Center. Everything the organization does is focused on helping people, of any age, who are living with a disability, their parents and caregivers, and the professionals who serve and guide them. The organization helps people become aware and learn about the benefits of Special Needs Trusts while guiding them to qualified professionals who can assist in their time of need. These resources and referrals help individuals plan for the future while maximizing today’s qualify of life.
Determining who to manage a Special Needs Trust is an important part of the trust procedure. At times, a family member may not be the best choice to serve as trustee over your loved one’s (the beneficiary) financial assets. Many people do not have the needed knowledge or competency required to protect the beneficiary’s eligibility for public benefits while using the trust money for items or services these benefits do not cover. Vista Points can serve as the beneficiary’s professional trustee, thus relieving the burden from a family member or friend.
Vista Points serves attorneys and other professionals, who support people living with disabilities, by offering expert guidance in the highly specialized field of Special Needs Trusts. Attorneys, accountants, financial planners, case managers and other professionals refer potential clients to Vista Points for referrals to other professionals who can aid in the establishment of Special Needs Trusts.
Giving back to the community is part of Vista Points’ mission, with the goal being to help people who are living with a disability. This is accomplished in various ways, such as recently a grant was given to a person who needed nonmedical care services. Now, this person has someone to help him dress, prepare meals, do light housekeeping, and travel to doctor appointments. Vista Points also works one-on-one with many organizations that help people living with a disability, such as Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee, the Council on Aging, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Tennessee Special Olympics, and the Paralyzed Veterans Association.