Bland Ewing Special Needs Trust

The Bland Ewing Special Needs Trust (BESNT) is a legal instrument that allegedly protects funds donated to aide in Bland's care. As long as these funds are not used for food, clothing or basic shelter, and do not pay for items covered otherwise by MediCal, MediCare or Social Security, they should be sheltered from these agencies. Please note that donations directly to Bland could in fact affect his medical care status, resulting in loss of benefits and of the very funds intended for him. Those interested in details of such a document should contact a lawyer experienced in elder law. If you are interested in donating to the BESNT, please contact me at

It is good planning for all of us, but especially for those with chronic health issues, to have the following other legal instruments in place. These all require notarized signatures, and all should be reviewed by a lawyer.

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