An important part of special needs planning is protecting your loved one from financial abuse. A True Link card is a tool you may not have considered before, but it could save your family member from exploitation and predatory banking practices.
Although True Link offers many benefits to its customers, there are a few downsides to consider before opening an account. Continue reading to learn more about True Link accounts and whether creating an account is right for you or your loved one.
A True Link card is a prepaid, reloadable Visa debit card designed to help people who may be at risk of exploitation or financial abuse – including adults with disabilities – manage their money. According to United States Department of Health and Human Services National Center on Elder Abuse, financial abuse costs vulnerable Americans more than $2.6 billion every year.
A True Link card simplifies wealth management while providing special needs beneficiaries, or their caregivers, guardians, payees, trustees, and other overseers with the tools they need to protect themselves or their loved ones from fraud and exploitation.
In addition, a True Link card can help a special needs beneficiary avoid becoming disqualified from receiving public benefits. For example, giving cash to a loved one with a disability who depends on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and is limited to certain asset limits can inadvertently make them ineligible for SSI.
If you want to monitor your loved one’s finances while helping protect their eligibility for government disability benefits, a True Link card allows you to do so.
For one, you can set customizable spending rules made from their account. Examples of spending rules available include:
Along with spending rules, True Link lets its customers set alerts to monitor any suspicious activity. Examples of customizable alerts a caregiver can place on an individual’s account include:
True Link cards may provide the cardholder and their families with many benefits, but there can also be downsides to using this card.
In addition to helping to protect a special needs trust beneficiary from exploitation and aiding caretakers in monitoring their loved one’s finances, a True Link card offers security benefits that include the following:
Having a True Link account also gives cardholders access to investment opportunities designed for special needs trusts. Unlike traditional retirement and investment accounts, True Link does not require a minimum balance. Money is not a barrier to investing.
True Link also provides investment advice tailored to each client. Cardholders and their families can use this information to plan for the cardholder’s financial future.
Although there are many upsides to individuals with disabilities using a True Link card, there are some downsides, too. Cardholders of True Link Visa cards may pay higher fees than with competitors and may have fewer available in-network ATMs.
True Link service fees include:
Note that cardholders are also subject to a monthly fee of $12 to maintain the account.
Individuals can start a True Link account and order a card on the True Link website. For beneficiaries of a special needs trust, the card account can be set up to receive deposits directly from the trust.
True Link accounts have no minimum balance requirement. The maximum on a single True Link account at any given time is $20,000. The card allows you to load up to $5,000 per day.
Cardholders are not limited to the number of True Link Visa cards they can have.
Learn more about the True Link card.