No one else knows your child as well as you do, and no one ever could. You are a walking encyclopedia of your child’s history, experiences, habits, and wishes. If your child has special needs, the family’s history adds a helpful chapter to your child’s book, one detailing his or her unique medical, behavioral and educational requirements.
What would happen if you suddenly became unable to provide your child with the necessary supports he or she needs? Without you, your child would become dependent on other caregivers who simply do not possess all of your personal knowledge and insight.
A Letter of Intent will help loved ones and your child manage a difficult transition when you are no longer the primary caregiver. A Letter of Intent is an important planning tool for parents of children with special needs (including adult children). Although a Letter of Intent is an important estate planning document for a parent to prepare, it is not a formal legal document that must be created by an attorney. The goal of a Letter of Intent is to memorialize your knowledge of your child’s needs so that you may guide future caregivers, guardians and trustees in providing the best possible care to your child.
Some clients find it easier to write the letter if they keep a daily journal for several weeks to record the daily, weekly and monthly activities of both your child and those people who provide support and care. The journal can then be condensed into a letter. List any other information you feel is particularly important. Be sure to sign and date the letter. The Letter of Intent (and any revised letters) should be sent to the Law Office of Randy Hope Steen, Ltd. Keep a copy for yourself and a copy with your Trust. Distribute the Letter of Intent to those who may be responsible for decisions about your child.
We advise clients to annually review the Letter of Intent. In this way, you can make sure the Letter of Intent is current, and all information is up to date.