North Parents who have concerns about the well-being of their special-needs child upon their passing can take legal measures to ensure that their intended wishes are implemented.

Attorney James DeSantis, who handles estate planning for individuals with special needs |in the Law Offices of Christine Ann Soto (, encourages families to set up the following:

n A Will

n A Special-Needs Trust

n Guardianship

DeSantis said creating a will and trust will make sure that the greatest amount of the parents' estate passes to the intended beneficiaries. It also will minimize taxes and probate, which is a legal process of settling the estate of a deceased person.