On behalf of Law Offices of James C. Shields posted in
Estate Planning on Friday, January 25, 2013.
A remarkable and inspiring figure has passed away at 70 years old from health complications. Larry Selman has been the subject of a documentary and an example of perseverance. This man, called "The Collector," was not expected to survive long because he was born severely underweight and with cognitive disabilities. However, this man was a fighter and determined to maintain his independence.
With the assistance of a trust executed by an organization that helps individuals like this man maintain independence, and despite the doubts of those that did not know him, Larry was able to continue living an independent life. Not only that, he sought to help others in need too.
This man earned his nickname because he would go around asking for donations for various cause. Each dollar strangers would donate to him went to help a host of charities in support of individuals with illnesses, families in need, animals and other charitable groups. According to the New York Times, some estimate that this amazing man collected and donated upwards of $300,000 in his lifetime.
Individuals with special needs deserve the same opportunities and care that everyone is entitled to. Many parents worry about the quality of care and financial stability that a child with special needs will live with when the parent passes. Speaking with an experienced estate planning attorney can assist individuals caring for family members with special needs in making sure that the individual is cared for throughout the entirety of their life. There are several options available, including special needs trusts similar to what Larry may have had that allowed him to maintain his independence.
While many mourn the passing of this individual that was a bright spot in the lives of so many, all that knew him should also celebrate the number of lives he touched. For someone that was not expected to live long, this remarkable person leaves an admirable and inspiring legacy.
Source: The New York Times, "Larry Selman, Who Aided Others $1 at a Time, Dies at 70," Paul Vitello, Jan. 24, 2013
- Our firm has experience assisting individuals in Los Angeles ensure all loved ones are provided for after the individual's passing. For more information on such matters, please refer to our special needs planning page.