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  • Does/will your child need a guardian, a conservator, or both?
  • Who will provide support services for your child?
  • Who will make medical decisions for your child?
  • What kind of financial support will your child need?
  • Where will your child live?
  • Which public benefits will your child qualify for?
  • What if . . . . . ?

All parents worry about what will happen to their child after the death or incapacity of a parent. The Arc Oregon’s expertise in planning for the future can help alleviate those fears by assisting parents in preparing for the inevitable with thoughtful, individualized planning tools. 


Legal Advice

As you begin your planning process, we strongly recommend that you meet with an attorney who is well-versed in estate planning for people with disabilities. It is important to interview potential attorneys to make sure that they have the experience and knowledge necessary to effectively plan for your family’s specific needs. The Arc Oregon does not have an attorney on staff, but we are happy to work together with you and your attorney to develop a plan that is right for you and your family.

Below you will find a few links that may help you in locating a qualified legal professional to get you started.


Support Services

We are here to help you understand your options as you make important decisions about the future well being of your family.  The two greatest tools offered by The Arc Oregon are the Oregon Special Needs Trust and our Guardianship, Advocacy and Planning Services program, and we are happy to answer questions about how these programs may factor in to your future plan. We encourage you to review the information here on our website to gain a basic understanding of what these programs offer, and how they work.

And, of course, please contact our office to speak with about your concerns and future planning needs and/or to schedule a personal appointment with our planning team.


Additional Resources

For additional help and information about future planning, visit The Arc’s Future Planning Center.

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