Family Support of the Disabled: A Legislative Proposal to Create Incentives to Support Disabled Family Members

Several authorities in the field of estate planning have examined in great detail the options currently available to the parents of disabled children. The options are limited. Ideally, laws should address the concerns of the families of disabled children while providing those families with the incentive to help bear the financial costs of providing for their children. New legislation is needed to achieve this dual objective. This legislation must establish a method by which parents can improve meaningfully the quality of a surviving disabled child’s life without substantially increasing the social cost of supporting that disabled child. This Article proposes one plan for such legislation.