Exploring Alternatives in North Carolina Guides
Supported Decision-Making: Informal and Formal
A system of support for an individual in various areas of their life, and/or A written plan identifies individuals to assist in key areas of life, such as financial, health/medical, and daily living.
Foster Care 18-21
Continued supportive and financial services for young adults aging out of foster care at age 18.
Simple Financial Tools
An account that allows another person to help pay bills and manage money. Check with your financial institution.
A tax-advantaged savings account for disability expenses.
Representative Payee for Social Security Benefits
Provides financial management of Social Security benefits.
Fiduciary for Veteran’s Benefits
Provides financial management of VA pension benefits.
A legal arrangement for an individual who is having difficulty managing property or assets themselves.
Special Needs Trust
A legal arrangement that allows an individual who has a disability to preserve assets while maintaining eligibility for government benefits.
Power of Attorney (Durable/General)
A legal document giving someone the right to conduct financial business on behalf of someone else without a court order.
Health Care Power of Attorney
A legal document giving someone the right to make health care decisions on behalf of someone else.
Living Will or Advance Directive
A legal document that sets out an individual’s desires for medical care and treatment when they can no longer communicate and are near the end of life.
Advance Instruction for Mental Health Treatment
A legal document in which an individual indicates what treatment and care for mental health conditions they want in the event that they are unable to communicate their wishes.