When the minor becomes an adult at age 18, the Disabled Person's Estate will be closed. One of two things will happen. If that minor is capable of making personal and financial decisions as an adult, the Estate is closed and the balance of the money is given to the 18 year old. If that minor is incapable of making personal and financial decisions on their own behalf, a new estate is opened - a Disabled Person's Estate. A judge is again assigned to oversee the financial decisions, and to some extent, the personal decisions made on behalf of the disabled adult, such as, where they live.
My 9 year-old client, Angelina, recently died. Needless to say, her death has been difficult. Angelina taught her family many things in her short life - namely about one's purpose in life and what is important and what is not. When the client is a child, whether they are disabled as Angie was, or not, many parents have questions about who is in charge of the money and how it is spent after a settlement or a jury award. Angelina's story answers many of these questions. This overview is meant as a brief introduction of how things are handled after the case is resolved.