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The 10th Annual Changes and Trends Affecting Special Needs Trusts brings together leading professionals in the SNT field, features the latest updates, and offers a great set of materials including sample forms, drafting tips, sample language and resources.

This year’s program includes:

  • Special Needs Trusts Basics on Thursday morning
  • A look at recent changes to the POMs manual, office policies, and the status of ongoing efforts at the Social Security Administration
  • Trustee Duties and Responsibilities to Beneficiaries of Special Needs Trusts
  • Considerations in choosing a trustee
  • SNT Transition Mechanics
  • The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on SNTs
  • Presentations by key agencies, including the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS)
If you work with special needs trusts—or want to learn how to use, draft, fund and administer them—don't miss this program!

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning, Feb. 6, 2014
    Presiding Officer:
    Patricia F. Sitchler, Schoenbaum, Curphy & Scanlan, P.C. - San Antonio, TX
  • 9:30 am
    Registration Opens

    Includes light refreshments.
  • 10:25 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • SPECIAL NEEDS TRUSTS BASICS
  • 10:30 am
    1.00 hr
    Special Needs Trusts Fundamentals

    Randy Drewett, Attorney at Law - Beaumont, TX
    Mary Alice Jackson, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX

    A walkthrough of the basics—the who, what, where, when and how—of special needs trusts.
  • 11:30 am
    0.75 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Protecting and Maximizing Public Benefits

    H. Clyde Farrell, Farrell & Pak PLLC - Austin, TX
    Christina Lesher, The Law Office of Christina Lesher, PC - Houston, TX

    Planning options—and related ethical issues—to ensure a trust's beneficiary qualifies for the most important disability benefits: Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, Social Security Disability Insurance and Medicare; plus how to manage trust distributions to avoid losing benefits while enhancing the beneficiary's quality of life.
  • 12:15 pm
    Pick Up Lunch

    Included in registration.
  • Thursday Afternoon, Feb. 6, 2014
    Presiding Officer:
    Renée C. Lovelace, The Lovelace Law Firm, P.C. - Austin, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • Thank You to Our Luncheon Sponsor

    Prosperity Bank
  • 12:35 pm
    0.50 hr
    Case Law Update

    Mary Alice Jackson, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX
    Rebecca C. Morgan, Stetson University College of Law - Gulfport, FL

    With a look at recent regional and national cases involving special needs trusts, as well as other cases of note important to all Texas SNT attorneys, this session not only summarizes the impact of the various opinions but offers you practice tips for dealing with (or avoiding) the issue in your practices.
  • 1:05 pm
    Break

  • 1:15 pm
    0.75 hr
    POMS Update

    Nancy Sosa, Cadence Trust - Austin, TX
    Wesley E. Wright, Wright Abshire, Attorneys - Bellaire, TX

    A look at the latest changes to the Social Security Administration’s POMS manual and how these changes may affect your special needs trust cases.
  • 2:00 pm
    0.75 hr
    Special Needs Trusts and the Social Security Administration

    Neal Winston, Winston Law Group, LLC - Somerville, MA

    In addition to the recent POMs updates, the SSA has also made changes to its office policies involving special needs trusts and the SSI program. This presentation covers general tactics for effectively dealing with and communicating with the Social Security Administration, the SSA’s program to establish agency expertise and reviewing continuity, and the status of ongoing and expected future changes.
  • 2:45 pm
    0.50 hr
    The View from HHSC

    Shari L. Nichols, Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) - Austin, TX

    A discussion of current issues in long-term care Medicaid eligibility from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).
  • 3:15 pm
    Break

  • 3:30 pm
    1.00 hr
    Planning for Children with Special Needs Trusts

    Moderator:
    Patricia F. Sitchler, Schoenbaum, Curphy & Scanlan, P.C. - San Antonio, TX
    Panelists:
    Patrick Koch, Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services - Austin, TX
    Marcia Shultz, Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services - Austin, TX
    B. Quincy Thompson, Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services - Austin, TX

    A look at the array of benefits for children provided by Medicaid programs, including the Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS), Home and Community Services (HCS), and Medically Dependent Children’s Program (MDCP). The eligibility process, the potential to bypass long waiting lists, and consumer-directed services are also discussed.
  • 4:30 pm
    0.75 hr
    Housing and Nonprofits as Part of Your SNT

    B. Bailey Liipfert III, Craige Brawley Liipfert & Walker LLP - Winston-Salem, NC

    An overview of housing options for people with disabilities, with an emphasis on the role of special needs trusts as used to promote grassroots efforts by nonprofit organizations, advocates, and parents in creating housing with supports.
  • 5:15 pm
    Adjourn to Reception
    Thank You to Our Reception Sponsor

    Frost Wealth Advisors
  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, Feb. 7, 2014
    Presiding Officer:
    Celeste Embrey, Wealth Management and Trust, a Division of the Texas Bankers Association - Austin, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Conference Room Opens

    Includes continental breakfast.
  • 8:30 am
    0.50 hr ethics
    Setting Attorney Fees

    Rebecca C. Morgan, Stetson University College of Law - Gulfport, FL

    Although we realize there are also business considerations, setting fees is an ethical issue—the Rules require that a fee be reasonable. Examine the ethics rule regarding what is a reasonable fee, the unique issues that come into play when determining fees in a special needs practice, as well as the different fee models appropriate for a special needs practice.
  • 9:00 am
    0.50 hr
    What to Look for When Choosing a Trustee

    Scott Stebler, Special Needs Trust Group, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. - Austin, TX

    This presentation focuses on the factors that should be considered when choosing a trustee of a special needs trust. Which trusts are required to have a corporate fiduciary? Which ones can have either an individual or corporate fiduciary? What questions should be asked when selecting a trustee?
  • 9:30 am
    0.75 hr ethics
    Trustee Duties and Responsibilities to Beneficiaries of Special Needs Trusts—Texas Style

    Deborah A. Green, The Law Offices of Deborah Green - Austin, TX

    Take a closer look at the duties and responsibilities expected of Trustees when serving as Trustee of a Texas Special Needs Trust. What does a Trustee need to do to properly use its sole discretion to meet a Beneficiary’s special needs while making decisions in the best interest of the Beneficiary? It isn’t all about the money!
  • 10:15 am
    Break

  • 10:30 am
    0.50 hr
    Structured Settlement Annuities

    Carola Davis, Settlement Partners - New Braunfels, TX

    A basic understanding of structured settlement annuities, including income tax advantages and other benefits for the Trustee; a description of the internal rate of return, plus evaluating guarantee periods and compound annual payment increases; considerations when changing the beneficiary designation on the structure; and potential pitfalls such as overfunding the structure or purchasing a life-only annuity are identified.

  • 11:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Decanting under the New Texas Statutes

    David J. Reber, Locke Lord LLP - Dallas, TX

    In 2013, the Texas legislature enacted new decanting statutes which, in some situations, allow a Trustee the power to transfer the trust assets to a new trust that contains different provisions. This presentation provides an overview and introduction to the new Texas decanting statutes and discussion on the utilization of these statues in modifying the terms and conditions of irrevocable trusts, including special needs trusts. Tax issues that arise from decanting and trust modifications are also covered.
  • 11:30 am
    0.75 hr
    SNT Transition Mechanics

    Renée C. Lovelace, The Lovelace Law Firm, P.C. - Austin, TX

    Changes to a beneficiary’s circumstances change how a trustee administers a special needs trust. This session addresses key transitions due to the retirement, disability, or death of a parent; the beneficiary’s age, such as ages 18 and 22; and marital status or household status.
  • 12:15 pm
    Pick Up Lunch

    Included in registration.
  • Friday Afternoon, Feb. 7, 2014
    Presiding Officer:
    Tanya T. Castro, Cadence Bank - Houston, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 12:35 pm
    0.75 hr
    Case Studies: Working with the MS Society for Your Clients

    Stephen W. Dale, The Dale Law Firm, PC - Pacheco, CA
    Commentator:
    Audrey Metcalf, National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Austin, TX

    Planning for persons with neuromuscular disorders including Multiple Sclerosis—an underserved population that often combines typical estate planning, elder law and special needs trust issues—is rife with case studies for practitioners in these areas of law. This presentation explores the support provided by the MS Society for persons with MS and their families, as well as opportunities for practitioners to partner with the MS Society. A series of typical case studies follows to illustrate the kinds of issues the practitioner is likely to encounter.
  • 1:20 pm
    Break

  • 1:30 pm
    0.50 hr
    Workers' Compensation and SNTs

    Judy Kostura, Judge, Kostura & Putman, P.C. - Austin, TX

    Medicare is expanding set-asides to third-party liability claims in addition to set-asides in workers’ compensation claims. There are common law developments in ERISA, Medicaid, and other subrogation interests, as well as a new statute restricting the amount subrogated plans may claim when the tort recovery is insufficient to compensate everyone who wants a share.
  • 2:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    The Affordable Care Act

    Mary Alice Jackson, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX

    A history of the attempts to achieve health care reform in the U.S. and an outline of the basic tenets of the law.
  • 2:30 pm
    0.75 hr
    Do You Still Need an SNT after the Affordable Care Act?

    Pi-Yi Mayo, Law Office of Pi-Yi Mayo - Baytown, TX

    Will the Affordable Care Act replace the need for special needs trusts? And how might it impact your practice in the years ahead? This presentation covers opportunities to use the ACA to expand choices for clients and also takes into consideration scenarios in which the ACA may not offer any benefit in special needs planning.
  • 3:15 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Stephen W. Dale

The Dale Law Firm, PC
Pacheco, CA

Carola Davis

Settlement Partners
New Braunfels, TX

Randy Drewett

Attorney at Law
Beaumont, TX

H. Clyde Farrell

Farrell & Pak PLLC
Austin, TX

Deborah A. Green

The Law Offices of Deborah Green
Austin, TX

Mary Alice Jackson

Attorney at Law
Austin, TX

Patrick Koch

Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
Austin, TX

Judy Kostura

Judge, Kostura & Putman, P.C.
Austin, TX

Christina Lesher

The Law Office of Christina Lesher, PC
Houston, TX

B. Bailey Liipfert III

Craige Brawley Liipfert & Walker LLP
Winston-Salem, NC

Renée C. Lovelace

The Lovelace Law Firm, P.C.
Austin, TX

Pi-Yi Mayo

Law Office of Pi-Yi Mayo
Baytown, TX

Audrey Metcalf

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Austin, TX

Rebecca C. Morgan

Stetson University College of Law
Gulfport, FL

Shari L. Nichols

Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)
Austin, TX

David J. Reber

Locke Lord LLP
Dallas, TX

Marcia Shultz

Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
Austin, TX

Patricia F. Sitchler

Schoenbaum, Curphy & Scanlan, P.C.
San Antonio, TX

Nancy Sosa

Cadence Trust
Austin, TX

Scott Stebler

Special Needs Trust Group, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Austin, TX

B. Quincy Thompson

Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
Austin, TX

Neal Winston

Winston Law Group, LLC
Somerville, MA

Wesley E. Wright

Wright Abshire, Attorneys
Bellaire, TX

Planning Committee

Renée C. Lovelace—Co-Chair

The Lovelace Law Firm, P.C.
Austin, TX

Patricia F. Sitchler—Co-Chair

Schoenbaum, Curphy & Scanlan, P.C.
San Antonio, TX

Ashlee Bennett

Texas Bankers Association
Austin, TX

Tanya T. Castro

Cadence Bank
Houston, TX

Leah Cohen

arrangeCARE
Austin, TX

Stephen W. Dale

The Dale Law Firm, PC
Pacheco, CA

Randy Drewett

Attorney at Law
Beaumont, TX

H. Clyde Farrell

Farrell & Pak PLLC
Austin, TX

Deborah A. Green

The Law Offices of Deborah Green
Austin, TX

Mary Alice Jackson

Attorney at Law
Austin, TX

Joanna Jefferson

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Christina Lesher

The Law Office of Christina Lesher, PC
Houston, TX

Pi-Yi Mayo

Law Office of Pi-Yi Mayo
Baytown, TX

David J. Reber

Locke Lord LLP
Dallas, TX

Gregory J. Smith

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Nancy Sosa

Cadence Trust
Austin, TX

Wesley E. Wright

Wright Abshire, Attorneys
Bellaire, TX

Credit Info

MCLE Credit
A Texas MCLE Reporting Form will be included in your course materials. Please complete and return to the registration desk and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas, or you can self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conference to keep for your records.  
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the conference.
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state before taking the program to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.
Other Credit
The University of Texas School of Law is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.

Delivery Method: Group-Live

To comply with NASBA Standards, attendees claiming CPE credit must sign in to verify attendance for each segment. Attendance sign-in sheets will be available at the registration desk. You will need your CPA license number to sign in. A CPE Certificate of Completion will be provided at the conclusion of the conference.

Reporting: CPAs are responsible for reporting CPE credits earned to their state's accountancy board, and must retain appropriate documentation of their participation in learning activities. Visit your state’s reporting website for more information or www.nasba.org.

Key Dates

Austin – Feb 6-7, 2014 – Marriott Austin North - Round Rock, TX
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Round Rock, TX
512.733.6767 (reservations)
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$125.95 room rate good through January 24, 2014 (subject to availability).
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