Support for young and old: Taylor’s Payback Trust

BACKGROUND

Taylor is a lively 12-year-old girl who loves to have fun with her siblings. She has severe, lifelong physical and cognitive impairments because of an injury at birth. Her parents didn’t know if their child would ever have the opportunities other children have. Her family worked with a local malpractice attorney, and Taylor was awarded medical malpractice settlement funds that were placed in a Payback Special Needs Trust for her benefit with the help of ACHIEVA Family Trust.

WHY A SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST?

Taylor has had several surgeries, and needs a wheelchair and other special equipment. Without the special needs trust, the funds from Taylor’s settlement would disqualify her for government support.

RESOLUTION

Trust Administrators helped the family use trust funds to make major modifications to the family home that benefitted Taylor. They also purchased an accessible van, a bed designed for children with severe physical impairments and other specially adapted equipment that would not be covered by government funds.

“I don’t know what we would have done had it not been for ACHIEVA Family Trust. We would give anything for our daughter, and having their support has meant the world to our family.” - Peter, Taylor’s father