Volunteer Attorney Provided Marine and Autistic Child with Special Needs Trust
A single mother serving in the Marines sought pro bono assistance to create a special needs trust for her child who was recently diagnosed with autism. The Marine was concerned that in the event of her death, a special needs trust needed to be put in place to guarantee that her son would be eligible for public benefits to support him. A JAG officer drafted advance directives for the servicemember; however, because special needs trusts fell beyond the JAG’s expertise, the officer referred the Marine to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project. The Marine was then placed by the Project with a volunteer attorney who has expertise in special needs trusts. The attorney provided the Marine with a pour-over will and a special needs trust for the benefit of her and her child.