Achieva Family Trust | Pooled Trust

Pooled Trust

A quicker, more affordable way to protect your future.

Pooled Trust (also known as a (d)(4)(C) trust) is a special needs trust created by Social Security legislation in 1993. It requires a non-profit trustee. Achieva Family Trust provides you with enhanced investment opportunities by combining your assets with other individuals. However, we continue to account for your assets separately.
If you are an individual with a disability or a parent, grandparent or legal guardian of an individual of a disability, you can establish a Pooled Trust. The court can also establish a Pooled Trust.
Assets in the Pooled Trust are used for the sole benefit of the individual with a disability to improve his or her quality of life. These assets are combined (or “pooled”) for investment purposes, so the trustee can have greater investment options. The trustee maintains separate accounts for each beneficiary. Any remaining funds when the beneficiary passes away are placed in our Charitable Residual Program, which benefits people with disabilities.
  • Achieva Family Trust adds valuable social service expertise to the traditional role of a corporate trustee.
  • A person with a disability has the option to open a Pooled Trust for their own benefit.
  • The trust account can be established quickly with no start-up costs.
  • Funds are pooled for enhanced investment options.
  • A corporate trustee provides continuity and eliminates the need for a successor trustee.
  • Achieva Family Trust operates the largest Pooled Trust in Pennsylvania and serves several other states.
  • First, we'd encourage you to contact us to learn more about how a Pooled Trust may assist you, your loved one or your client.
  • Then you should carefully review the terms of the Master Trust Agreement. This is the legal document that contains the terms of our Pooled Trust.
  • If you decide to move forward with a Pooled Trust you will need to complete the Joinder Agreement and Disclosure.
  • Mail the completed, signed Joinder Agreement and Disclosure document to us, along with a check in order to open your own Pooled Trust.
  • These documents are also available in Spanish and can be found by clicking below.


Master Trust Agreement

The establishment documentation for Achieva Family Trust, made November 2, 1998.


Joinder Agreement

The Joinder Agreement is a document that needs to be filled out to enroll in the Pooled Trust or to start the application for the Charitable Residual Fund.


Pooled Trust Fact Sheet

This Pooled Trust fact sheet can help you determine if a Pooled Trust is right for you. It covers what a Pooled Trust is, the advantages of a Pooled Trust, and the requirements of a Pooled Trust.


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