Special Needs Fairness Act Overwhelmingly Passed by House

On September 20, 2016, the U.S. House passed the amended version of the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act. This proposed legislation would correct an obvious error in current law. At present, first party special needs trusts must be created by the disabled person's parent, grandparent, or guardian, or by a court. The current law does not allow a disabled person who is mentally competent to create the trust. The new law would correct this error.  The few people who are opposed to the bill seem to be more concerned about other items that were thrown in than about the underlying purpose of the bill. The proposed law has now passed both the Senate and the House. But because the House added some additional provisions, it must be passed by the Senate again