Jennifer Junker has been “trustworthy” her entire career. All puns aside, this managing director of trust and wealth at Bank OZK has helped countless fellow Arkansans financially care for their loved ones through Special Needs Trusts (SNTs). The four elements of trust are consistency, compassion, communication, and competency. Jennifer has exemplified these traits throughout her career in trusts – from her private legal practice in trust administration and estate planning to her current position at Bank OZK. “Individuals with special needs and their loved ones have so many hurdles and challenges to navigate. It’s incredibly rewarding to know the services we provide lift a heavy load off their shoulders,” Jennifer shared.
Special-needs families need special-needs financial administrations that reflect their priorities and values. Life for this group is complex and requires diplomacy, support, and an abundance of time and patience. Bank OZKs thoughtful planning with their SNT removes one more ”to-do” from their plate. Jennifer and her team’s tailored investment strategies allow these special families to have more energy in their tanks to devote to their precious cargo.
With so much to think about, plan for, and manage, special needs parents require thoughtful, skilled, and high-touch administration of their resources. Jennifer adds, “Because each beneficiary has unique needs, we work as a team with the individual and their families to enhance the quality of life with special consideration given to the benefits received.”
Special Needs Trust administration is an ever-evolving specialized banking subject area. Bank OZK has provided SNT services for more than 20 years. “Our team is comprised of former practicing attorneys with extensive special needs planning and trust administration experience and that is what sets us apart in Arkansas,” she explains.
Bank OZK is involved with professional organizations focused on assisting individuals with disabilities and their families. They are represented in the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), an organization of attorneys dedicated to assisting people as they age and those with special needs. They support the Special Needs Alliance, a national alliance of Special Needs attorneys and professionals as a resource for their members. Bank OZK is recognized as a skilled provider of special needs trust services and receives many direct referrals as a result, not just in Arkansas but throughout the South.
Bank OZK has a big heart for individuals with special needs and the organizations that provide services to them. Jennifer explains, “Supporting Easter Seals of Arkansas, Goodwill Industries of Arkansas, ACCESS, and other local organizations is central to caring for these families because they are a major support system for special-needs families’ lives.” Bank OZK, with Jennifer’s guidance through the SNTs, instills peace of mind knowing loved ones are thoughtfully supported for years after they are gone. And that peace alone is priceless.