Consider a First Party Special Needs Trust.
A First Party Special Needs Trust is funded by the beneficiary’s money – a personal injury settlement, inheritance, alimony, etc. If a disabled person receives a lump sum such as this, it disqualifies the person for public benefits (e.g., SSI and Medicaid) now and in the future, since it is an increase in assets. Setting up a First Party Special Needs Trust enables the beneficiary to retain the additional finances without jeopardizing public benefits.