"We are so glad JLA Trust is here to help our adult daughter who is now legally blind after an accident"
Three years ago, our adult daughter, then 55, was in a terrible biking accident and is now legally blind. She had previously taught in the religious school at her temple, and was an active member of the community. Since her accident, her only health insurance option is Medi-Cal, but when she received a large retroactive disability check for more than the $2,000 maximum allowed by Medi-Cal, she didn't know where to turn for help. JLA Trust is setting up her 1st party special needs trust, and also providing on-going assistance with finding housing and connecting her to other social service agencies.
"This program is exactly what our family has been looking for."
My sister and I made a promise to our uncle that after he died, the two of us would look after his adult daughter who lives in Hollywood and who has intellectual disabilities. Although he was able to leave some money behind for her, I live in Boston and my sister is in Arizona. We have been looking for a nonprofit who can pay her bills and also provide ongoing assistance and care coordination. JLA Trust is exactly what we have been looking for so we can keep our sacred promise. We are just too far away to help our cousin out with the kind of in-person support she needs to keep living independently.
"With no other relatives around to help, I am so glad that JLA Trust is here for me"
George Cohen, 70, grew up in Brentwood, the only child of a department store executive and his wife, a homemaker. He was first diagnosed with severe mental illness while a teenager, and although he was able to graduate from law school, his behavior was too erratic to enable him to keep a job, and after his parents passed, he eventually ended up living in a state facility for two years and after that, he spent down all the savings his parents had left to him. He has been living on disability checks at a local Board and Care facility with less than $125 a month in discretionary spending. After his aunt passed, living him $80,000 in life insurance, he enrolled in our 1st party trust and is now able for the first time in a decade to purchase a new set of glasses and a monthly bus pass, increasing his ability to get around town by himself.
"JLA Trust is really an all-in-one solution for us to plan ahead for our son. We really like the idea of having a professional trustee overseeing his money management but also keeping an advisory role for his older brother."
David is a father who recently attended one of our Open House events. His son Austin is a bright 13-year-old with autism who lives in Culver City with his twin brother and older brother. Austin excels at math and science subjects at his private middle school but has poor social skills and doesn't really have any friends. His parents worry about his future but don't want to burden his siblings with having to take care of him.
* Real clients. Names and identifying details have been changed to protect client confidentiality.