Session 1: Special Needs Trusts: Decision Tree Analysis - Learn how to utilize a decision tree approach to ask and answer key questions concerning a client's need for a special needs trust, and if one is needed, which type of special needs trust is the best choice.
Session 2: SNT Basics and Beyond – Top Trends and Pitfalls - Special needs trusts have been part of our lives for many years and have been adapting to law changes and agency interpretations since the beginning. Review this evolution up to the current status of what works, and what doesn’t, when designing and drafting these trusts.
Session 3: Maximizing Public Benefits - Clients and trust beneficiaries come to us to solve their current care needs and plan for the future. Often where a client or trust beneficiary lives determines what public benefits programs are available now and could be available later. Hear an overview of the continuum of care settings and what public benefit programs can help pay for care in each setting, as well as an update of recent changes to public benefits.
Session 4: Seven Timeless Principles of SNT Planning - While laws, regulations, and rules impacting public benefits and trusts change frequently, certain planning principles do not change. Discuss steps in the SNT design process to address individual circumstances, including basic program types, budgets, grantor and beneficiary expectations, and distribution planning.
Session 5: Making Sense of Structured Settlements - Structured settlements are often used to fund court-created SNTs in the personal injury context. Drafting attorneys and trustees need an understanding of the fundamental concepts of a structured settlement annuity and the effects one will have on the funding and administration of a trust.
Session 6: SSA Regional Trust Leads Presentation Regarding SSI Trusts - A discussion with the Regional Trust Leads on the regional centralization of the SSI trust review business process, including key players and their roles. Plus, hear SNT drafting errors "Top 10 List" and the latest policy and procedures regarding SNT reviews, including a Q&A session.
Session 7: Working with SSA Part II: Updates to the SSA POMS regarding trusts, Practice Tips, Reporting and More - Hear an overview of the new trust POMS, strategies for presenting trusts for review, and for responding to adverse agency decisions regarding trusts.
Session 8: View from CMS - A discussion with a representative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services of current issues related to the Medicare Secondary Payer provisions. What's new, what's not.
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Total Credit Hours:
7.25 | 0.75 ethics