2001 Conference Proceedings

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Layne Montesino
SNAP (Special Needs Advocate for Parents)
Los Angeles, CA

Did you know that there is a Federal Law which states that "If you leave a person with special needs anything over $2,000, that person loses eligibility for all government benefits?" 

There are legal ways to protect against this $2,000 limit and specific financial ways to provide for a child's lifetime care even if a family is not wealthy.

1. Introduction

The purpose of this presentation is to educate both families and professionals of the many-faceted legal and financial issues as they pertain to planning for the future of a disabled person. This is otherwise known as Special Needs Estate Planning. 

2. Issues to be Addressed

A. Legal Issues 
Wills Vs. Trusts 
Types of Trusts, including Special Needs Trusts 
Letters of Intent 
Guardianship Vs. Conservatorship

B. Financial Issues 
Appropriate Funding Options 
Amount of monies needed depending on the situations. 
The financial companies to choose from.

3. Objectives (Learning Outcomes)

A. Learn how to provide for your special needs child's future without jeopardizing government benefit eligibility.
B. Learn what the appropriate legal documents are, who should do them, and what they will cost.
C. Learn what the appropriate funding vehicles are, how to find the best companies to work with and know just how much money is needed.

Planning for the future of your child is hard enough. If your child has a disability, it is even more difficult. How will they be cared for after you're gone? This session discusses special needs estate planning, or "estate creation" for those of us without any personal estate already. The presenter, the Founder and President of S.N.A.P. (Special Needs Advocate for Parents), is also a parent of children with special needs. She knows first hand the maze of legal and financial information a parent must work through to feel confident that the future of their disabled child is secure. If proper planning is not done, the child will lose all eligibility for government benefits. 

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