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Special Needs Trust Fairness Act Clears House Committee

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Special Needs Trust Fairness Act Clears House Committee

July 22, 2016

On July 13, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a markup of the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act (H.R. 670). The bills would allow individuals to establish special needs trusts on their own. Currently, only certain relatives, legal guardians, or a court may establish such a trust. This limitation creates difficulty for individuals who do not have a legal guardian or living relative that can establish the trust. The House version is a companion to the Senate bill (S. 349) which was passed in September 2015. (See WICs article, "Senate Passes Special Needs Trust Fairness Act," September 14, 2015.)