Parents should make a point to complete the Letter of Intent to document the important aspects of your child’s life. Share it with the future caretakers today, including siblings and make it a living document. Don’t just leave it for them after you are gone.
Determining Roles for Siblings to Play
A pragmatic approach is an effective means to define a role for siblings. This approach can utilize assigning defined responsibilities.
Responsibilities may be shared. Tasks and roles may be shared, which will allow a sibling to contribute without feeling overwhelmed that they have to be the ” everything” or “IT” person in the family.
Partner with a professional. Siblings can partner with experienced special needs planning professionals to help them provide the best solutions for their brother or sister.
Some functional roles siblings may play:
Health care proxy, Power of attorney,
Conservator, Trustee, Trust advisor
Investment manager, Tax preparer,
Bookkeeper to help pay bills,
Representative payee for SSI
Just be a brother or sister!