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Special Needs Planning and Drafting Immersion Camp – June 2021


Online Immersion Camp
June 17 & 18, 2021, 1:00–5:00 p.m. ET (both days)
Pre-camp call: June 11, 2:00–2:30 p.m. ET
CLE: Earn up to 7 hours of CLE credits
Price: $695 or save your seat for $250

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Special needs planning is a wonderfully rewarding practice area but it can feel daunting to know where to start the learning process. This camp will touch on the legal issues you will confront when counseling families facing the unique challenges inherent with this work. There are a multitude of factors specific to each case and we will discuss how to better understand the issues each file presents. We will also focus on marketing and business procedures other practitioners have used to add this planning area as an important and profitable part of their law practices.

At the Special Needs Planning and Drafting Immersion Camp, we will walk you through the documents, planning techniques, and marketing strategies particular to this practice area. This camp was specifically created to mix the legal and the practical so you can apply the lessons learned right away.

Registration to this course includes instant access to the four-hour recorded course Introduction to Special Needs Planning (a $125 value!).

CLE: Earn up to 7 hours of CLE credits

Presenters: Steve Dale, LL.M., Esq., Jennifer Steneberg, J.D., and Jim Wolverton, J.D.


June 11, 2:00–2:30 p.m. ET
Pre-camp call


June 17, 1:00 p.m. ET
First Party Special Needs Trusts Methods of Distributions
This segment will focus on how to make distributions to beneficiaries including paying for needs directly, using credit cards, True Link Cards, and ABLE Accounts.

June 17, 2:30 p.m. ET
Third Party Trust Tax Treatment
Special Needs Trusts can be a valuable tax planning tool. We will review the basics of taxation of special needs trusts including utilization of qualified plans. Attendees will also learn how to work with tax professionals to harness the power of a special needs trust as a tax planning tool and increase referrals.

June 17, 4:00 p.m. ET
Qualified Plans and the Supplemental Needs Trust
The SECURE Act changed who is entitled to stretch required minimum distributions of an inherited retirement account.  Beneficiaries who are disabled or chronically ill are among groups entitled to this benefit.  We will discuss the planning opportunities this law created and how to use them effectively.


June 18, 1:00 p.m. ET
Building Your Special Needs Planning Practice
Steve Dale and Jennifer Steneberg will discuss building a successful special needs practice using specific marketing techniques for the special needs planning practice area. Learn how to stay top-of-mind, attract new clients and set your business apart from the competition during a time when in-person marketing is not an option.

June 18, 2:00 p.m. ET
Third Party Trusts and Housing
The residential needs of beneficiary of special needs trusts are often the greatest issues that families face. This section will review different options to meet that need as well as how to minimize the loss of benefits if the beneficiary is receiving SSI.

June 18, 3:00 p.m. ET
Designing Special Needs Trust and Drafting Tips
You’ve learned the law, now it’s time to look at how to design and draft special needs trusts. This session will review several design options, the impact of choosing those options, and drafting pitfalls to beware of.

Thank you for your interest in attending an ElderCounsel education event.  We will be hosting all of our education events using an online platform until at least July 2021.  We look forward to seeing you all in person again.  We will be reassessing our timeline in the spring and make any relevant announcement with ample time for you to make the necessary travel plans. 

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