Special Needs Trusts & Planning in Western Pennsylvania

Proudly Offering Discounted Legal Fees!


D'Onofrio Law Office, P.C. is a law office that understands how important it is to protect goverment benefits for your special needs loved one. That is why we discount the usual attorney's fee of $7,500 charged by most Pittsburgh law firms to draft a Special Needs Trust and provide this service for the discounted fee of $2,500.


When you retain D'Onofrio Law Office, P.C. to draft your Special Needs Trust, we will include - at no extra charge - a Last Will and Testament for both parents, a General Durable Power of Attorney for both parents, and an Advanced Health Care Directive for both parents - as well as other ancillary documents pertaining to special needs estate planning.

The most frequent question that I receive as an estate planning attorney is, "What will happen to my special needs child if something happens to me?" Parents specifically want to have answer to the following:

  • Where will my special needs child live?
  • Who will take care of my child on a daily basis?
  • How will my special needs child get to doctors' appointments, school, or to other activities?
  • Who will provide for my special child's housing, clothing, food, and medical needs?

There is a solution to these fears. Special needs parents have the option to designate support and protection for their child through a special needs plan in advance. Keep in mind that, unlike a healthy child, a special needs child will not be able to fend for themselves, thus making it necessary to develop an effective plan.

A proper special needs estate plan consists of a special needs trust and ancillay documents pertaining thereto as well as a last will and testament, general durable power of attorney, and a living will for each parent. Together, these documents will create financial provisions for the care and support of your child while at the same time protecting his or her government benefits.

Designating the Trustee

For your special needs trust, you will have to designate a trustee to manage it, ensuring that the trust benefits your child as per the terms and conditions of the trust. When the documents are properly implemented, the documents will guarantee that your special needs child will not lose their government benefits.

Why does my child need a trust?

A special needs trust will work alongside government benefits, allowing your child to maintain eligibility for support. Knowing that your loved one with a disability will be cared for financially and medically allows you to live at ease. Designating someone you know, love, and trust to serve as a trustee of the special needs trust is beneficial, as they can use discretion over how your money is spent to benefit your loved one.

This is helpful since the special needs individual may not be able to make financially wise decisions and the special needs trust will prevent them from losing government benefits.

Some of the benefits of a special needs trust, include:

  • All of the goods and services your special child or loved one needs will be paid for through the trust at the approval of the trustee, based on appropriate following of government guidelines.
  • Almost every type of property can be included in a special needs trust, including real estate, a business, jewelry or other valuable goods. The important thing is to ensure that your loved one has enough money to pay for their basic needs and other enjoyable pastimes.

It is important that the trustee follows the federal and state guidelines pertaining to the administration of special needs trusts to make certain that neither the trust funds nor any government benefits are compromised.

If you would like more information on how to create a properly drafted special needs trust as well as additional information on special needs estate planning, contact my law office today.

Again, when you retain D'Onofrio Law Office, P.C. to draft your Special Needs Trust and ancillary documents related thereto, you will only be charged the highly discounted fee of $2,500. We will also draft the other estate planning documents for each parent AT NO EXTRA CHARGE as fully outlined above.