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2019 National Conference on Special Needs Planning and Special Needs Trusts - Agenda

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Tax Intensive

8:15 a.m.-8:20 a.m.

Welcome and Announcements

8:20 a.m.-9:10 a.m.

A Trip Through a 1041 Return (Palm Court-Royal)
Learn to navigate the process of preparing and filing a 1041 from initiating the type of return to having the return filed (and maybe an amended return). The primary considerations of the how’s and why’s will be covered so that the practitioner will be able to review a return for a client.
Hyman G. Darling

9:10 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Omnibus Grantor Trust Rules (Palm Court-Royal)
Why is it important to know if a trust is a grantor trust? What features cause a trust to be a grantor trust for tax purposes? Planning Opportunities to create or not create a grantor trust. 
Debra Boje

10 a.m.-10:25 a.m.

Break and Visit with Sponsors and Exhibitors

10:25 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Working Through the Problems (Palm Court-Royal)
Engaging audience members and one another, two tax experts and a showman will review the practical application of tax rules to real-life planning and administration issues. When does a trust file a separate tax return? Is it dependent on whether there is a trust EIN? Who pays the actual tax liability? Can a given trust pay the taxes due from an individual beneficiary? What is a Qualified Disability Trust, and when does it get favorable treatment? Can an ABLE Act account improve trust administration? How do distributions from an ABLE Act account get taxed?
Hyman G. Darling, Robert B. Fleming and Bradley J. Frigon

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Lunch

12:50 p.m.-1:40 p.m. - Breakout Session 1

That UPIA Topic (Palm Court-Royal)
The Uniform Principal and Income Act (recently renamed the Fiduciary Income and Principal Act, or FIPA – and adopted in that new version by exactly one state so far) is your friend. It offers important direction about distributions, and planning opportunities for fiduciary income taxes. You should know more about it, and see how it can help you.
Robert B. Fleming

Planning for the Non-Taxable Estate (Palm Court-Royal)
The current Federal Estate and Gift Tax laws leave many individuals with the false impression that estate planning is no longer necessary when the value of a gross estate falls within the historically high Estate Tax Exemption. This session will discuss the need for and benefits of estate planning for wealthy individuals who do not currently have a taxable estate. Specifically, significant tax basis planning options will be reviewed as well as other important planning opportunities.
Susan Kubar

1:45 p.m.-2:35 p.m. - Breakout Session 2

The IRS and Audits of Estate & Gift Tax Returns (Palm Court-Royal)
We will discuss what to expect when confronted with an IRS audit of a Federal Estate Tax or Federal Gift Tax Return, including how to prepare for an audit and issues to consider when responding to a request for information by the Estate Tax Examiner. We will also explore factors to consider when preparing an Estate Tax or Gift Tax Return, including the importance of organizing exhibits and disclosing all relevant information and the time requirements for filing Estate Tax and Gift Tax Returns. We will also evaluate how best to mitigate and abate potential late filing and late payment tax penalties, which may arise after filing. Finally, we will explore potential red flags that may trigger an audit, including aggressive valuation discounts for closely held businesses and excessive deductions for executor fees and other administrative expenses.
Jeff Gad and Bill Kalish

Tax Return Position Ethics or Retaining Your Right to Practice (Palm Court-Royal)
If you prepare returns in your practice or are a trustee responsible for filing trust returns do you know the rules which apply to you and are set forth in Treasury Department Circular 230? What do the Model Rules of Professional Conduct say about return preparation standards? In addition, there are many variations of monetary penalties imposed by our tax laws which directly relate to returns positions taken by the taxpayer (the Trustee for trusts) or advised by preparers (and “advised” can be a simple as recommending a position by preparing a return in incorrect manner), are you aware of these obligations and what it takes to avoid them? This program will review the return position standards imposed by Treasury, the IRS, the Model Rules and the Tax Code upon professionals who prepare returns and/or practice before the IRS.
Allen Sullivan  

2:35 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Break and Visit with Sponsors and Exhibitors

3:00 p.m.-3:50 p.m. - Breakout Session 3

Transferring Trusts from One State to Another and Changing Situs of Trusts for Tax Purposes; State Income Tax Treatment of Trusts (Palm Court-Royal)
Hyman G. Darling and Mark Munson

Taxation of Investment Income including Capital Gains and Qualified Dividends (Palm Court-Royal)
Investment income is often the primary asset of a Special Needs Trust. The trust tax rules related to the taxation of interest, dividends and capital gains are complex. The tax consequences of investment income effects both the trust and the beneficiary. Attorneys, trust officers and other professionals must be familiar with these rules to provide trustees and beneficiaries with the best advice.
Bradley J. Frigon

3:55 p.m.-4:45 p.m.

One Year after Tax Reform-What is the Impact of Trust Reforms (Palm Court-Royal)
The objective of this session is to review the effect of the tax reform act on Special Needs Trusts and Planning.   Here are the following areas that will be covered: 1) Use of ABLE Accounts, 2) Effect of Tax Reform Act on Income Taxes on Trusts, 3) Grantor Trusts Rules, 4) Qualified Disability Trust, 5) Planning for Qualified Benefits, 6) Kiddie Tax, 7) SALT Limitations and 8) POMS Update 
Michael J. Amoruso (Moderator) and Donna Jackson and Mark Munson (panelists)

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Pooled Trusts Intensive

8:00 a.m.-8:10 a.m.

Welcome and Announcements

8:10 a.m.-9:10 a.m.

The 2019 Pooled Trusts Update (Palm Court- Majestic)
The past year has been active in creating successes, challenges, and growth in management of pooled trusts. This annual session looks at the highlights of pooled trust management and public benefits programs, including agency trends and operations for SSI, HUD, Medicaid, Court decisions, and more as we keep abreast of the current status of this important tool for support of the elderly and individuals with special needs.
Neal A. Winston

9:10 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Over 65 Pooled Trusts Transfers and Establishment: An Update (Palm Court-Majestic)
There have been recent and “interesting” developments in the courts in the past year regarding over-65 transfers to pooled trusts. In this session, Tammy Conover will summarize recent court decisions and explain Colorado‘s proposed rulemaking in response. After this update, Professor Virelli will explain the steps in administrative rulemaking to expand our advocacy responses in this process.
Tammy Conover and Louis J. Virelli

10:00 a.m.-10:20 a.m.

Break and Visit with Sponsors and Exhibitors

10:20 a.m.-11:10 a.m.

PSNT Investments: Overview of Asset Allocation Options, Uniform Prudent Investor Act, and Managing Illiquid, Hard-to-Value Assets (real estate; mineral, water, oil, and gas interests; and promissory/mortgage notes) (Palm Court-Majestic)
This session will discuss investment management and PSNT options to provide appropriate asset allocation vehicles for different beneficiaries' ages and needs. This session will also cover the Uniform Prudent Investor Act and provide PSNTs with fiduciary best practices for Pooled Trust investments and beneficiary portfolio selection. An overview of how to handle unique investments such as real estate, oil/gas/water/mineral interests and promissory/mortgage notes will also be provided.
Peter J. Wall

11:10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Transferring Funds from SNT to ABLE Accounts---and Assuring How They Will be used Appropriately (Palm Court-Majestic)
David S. Banas

12:00 p.m.-1:15 p.m.
Lunch

1:15 p.m.-2:05 p.m. - Breakout Session 1

Who's on First...What's on Second?: How to Navigate through the Investment Management Functions of a Pooled Trust Organization (Palm Court-Majestic)
This session will explain the many challenges a non-profit must navigate through in dealing with the investments, financial management and hiring of appropriate agents for their d4c trust. Who is responsible for these important financial decisions? What does the SSA POMs say about the nonprofit’s management controls when it comes to investments and financial agents. What is the role of the beneficiary in these decisions? What is the nonprofit’s role vs bank role vs the investment mgr.? Are there potential traps in who has control? Are there other concerns when it comes to the investments as it applies to Uniformed Prudent Investor Role? How to address active management vs. passive management. What is an Asset allocation strategy? What is the Investment Policy Statement? What to consider with a pooled trusts investment when it comes to your beneficiary’s age and present/future needs? How to respond to market volatility and overall cash management of the pooled funds. How to find qualified board members, audit/finance committee member and most importantly a qualified investment advisor/consultant. We will cover all of this and provide some tools and ideas on what a nonprofit needs to do to be successful and protect your liability in the management of your beneficiaries’ investments of their beneficiaries’ trust funds.
Andy Dunlap and Scott Nixon

How to Communicate with Nonverbal Beneficiaries-From Low Tech to High Tech (Palm Court-Majestic)
Communicating with nonverbal beneficiaries can be accomplished in a variety of ways that decrease the burdens and pressures on both the beneficiary and others involved. This session will explore various methods of communication, helpful tools, references, and alternative means of communication that can assist with a smooth interaction and successful resolution of the task at hand.
Taylor Huston

Death, Grief, and Beyond: A Multitude of Issues to Consider when Beneficiaries Die (Palm Court-Majestic)
This session will focus on myriad issues that may present themselves when a beneficiary passes away. Main topics covered in the session will focus on advance planning documents and funeral directives, grief experienced by staff members and family of the beneficiary, and payment of necessary expenses. The presentation will also briefly touch on state laws related to physician-assisted death.
Kevin E. Hansen and Kerry Tedford-Coles

Trusts, Mistrust, and Antitrust:  Don't Run Afoul of Antitrust Laws with Professional Colleagues (Plaza Ballroom)
In this session, Professor Bauer will provide a basic overview of the antitrust laws and unexpected pitfalls that can put you and your organization on the wrong side of the law.  
Mark D. Bauer 

2:05 p.m.-2:55 p.m. - Breakout Session 2

Evaluating Applicants to the Pooled Trust. Are There Times to Turn Down an Enrollment? (Palm Court-Majestic)
When operating a Pooled Special Needs Trust how do you evaluate a prospective enrollment in your trust? Is there a time or circumstance to turn down an enrollment? The presenters will share scenarios and possible conversations to have with applicants to help you make the determination if the Pooled Trust is the right decision for the individual, and your trust. Would an ABLE account be a better fit? What about a d4A trust, are there advantages? Should you screen applicants who might seem to be a problem client? You will leave with a new understanding of the issues and tools to help you make your own policies.
Melissa Justice

Emerging and Ethical Issues in PSNT Administration (Plaza Ballroom)
A panel discussion on hot topics and the ethical issues faced by trustees and what their lawyers need to know to advise them.  Topics will include: separating personal views from the duty to the beneficiary, purchasing marijuana and CBD products, how to best serve the long distance beneficiary and dealing with a state agency that objects to a disbursement.
Kerry Tedford-Coles (moderator), Linda Beiler, Megan Brand and Roberta K. Flowers (panelists)

Structured Settlements-A Valuable Tool for Settlement Planning (Palm Court-Majestic)
Understanding the nuts and bolts of Qualified Structured Settlements under the IRC; the pros and cons, the necessary process including the settlement agreement and Qualified assignment documents; their important use and design in settlement planning.
Randy Levine

2:55 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

Break and Visit with Sponsors and Exhibitors

3:15 p.m.-4:05 p.m. - Breakout Session 3

Mental Disorders, Mental Capacity, and Warning Signs Impacting Gun Ownership for Special Needs Populations/Clients (Palm Court-Majestic)
This session will provide participants with an overview of the impact of capacity when gun ownership becomes a matter of concern for an individual diagnosed with a mental disorder and/or other cognitive/intellectual disability. Discussion will focus on factors to consider when presented with a situation that involves ownership of or right to carry a weapon, such as type and extent of the disorder as well as co-morbidity and/or presence of complicating history, disorders and conditions. Take-always include strategies to identify warning signs as well as approaches to create reasonable solutions that are person-centered and consider current federal and state law. 
Crystal C. Coombes

Improving Beneficiary Support and Service (Palm Court-Majestic)
The workshhop would have a primary focus on - online beneficiary portals.  What one needs to know about them, the benefits of having one and the services that can be provided through the portal.  The panel will also address how to inprove service when the Poole Trust does not have an on-line beneficiary portal.  
Caitlin Janicki, Melissa Justice and Vincent Russo 

Legal and Practical Issues in using Caregivers: Contracts, Quality Control, Selection, etc. (Palm Court-Majestic)
Whether a caregiver is providing companion care or skilled nursing care, the help of a great caregiving team can make all the difference for a family. Oftentimes, family members will act as paid caregivers and while a solution for some families, this can create challenges. There will be an open discussion at this session about the common questions and challenges that trustees and families face when trying to locate, hire and train caregivers. Our discussion will include recommendations regarding caregiving contracts and payroll services, as well as look at best practices related to reimbursement and travel allowances for caregivers.
Elizabeth Noble Rollings Friman

4:05 p.m.-4:55 p.m. - Breakout Session 4

Sexual Health and Safety of Persons with Disabilities (Palm Court-Majestic)
The diverse legal issues implicated by the topic of the sexual health and safety of persons with disabilities impact many different arenas of life for them and their support networks. The speakers will address several key legal issues pertaining to this topic, including access to sexual and reproductive health care, “Public Indecency” laws, sexual abuse between persons with disabilities, on-campus sexual assault of persons with disabilities, and reproductive and parental rights of persons with disabilities.
Emma H. Barry 

The Nuance of Distributions When the Beneficiary is a Minor (Palm Court-Majestic)
Mary O’Byrne

Public Benefits Jeopardy (Palm Court-Majestic)
The Pooled SNT Special Edition! Come see if you can beat the alleged experts!
Stuart D. Zimring

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
SSA Mechanics Boot Camp

8:45 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

Welcome & Announcements

9:00 a.m.-10 a.m.

A Walk through the POMS which Includes SI, PR & PS (Plaza Ballroom)
When reading the POMS, did you ever feel like you were watching a foreign film and were not quite comfortable with the subtitles? Something lost in translation? This session will provide a curated walk through the POMS from their legal foundation, organization and acceptance by the courts to tips for navigation and updates to nuggets of policy.
Ken Brown

10:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.

Break and Visit with Sponsors and Exhibitors

10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

Reconsideration & the Appeals Hearing or Making so Much Noise with the Regional Trust Review Team that There Doesn't Need to be an Appeal (Plaza Ballroom)
When you draft Trusts or assist trustees in disclosing Trusts to SSA, be prepared for the denial letter stating that the Trust is a countable asset. Before your blood pressure rises upon receipt of such a letter, come hear about the process to defend the trust as an excluded resource. Being quiet and hoping it will get resolved on its own is not a sensible approach.
Emily Kile

11:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

A View from the Bench: What Attorneys Need to Know When Appealing a SSDI/SSI Denial Case to Federal Court (Plaza Ballroom)
Magistrate Judge Tom Wilson

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Federal Court Process for SSD/SSI Appeals (Plaza Ballroom)
Sarah E. White Park

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Veterans Benefits Intensive

12 p.m.-12:15 p.m.

Welcome and Announcements

12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m.

An Update from the Court (Miller-Lassing)
Chief Judge Davis will provide an overview of the court, new initiatives the court is undertaking and discuss recent cases of notes that all veterans advocates should know. 
Honorable Robert N. Davis

1:15 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Veterans Benefits: Claims, Compensation and Pensions (Miller-Lassing)
This session will cover a number of topics that are needed for those who are, or have applied to be VA accredited. Topics will include a discussion of Service-Related and Non-Service Related Disabilities, Pensions, Compensation, Aid and Attendance, and health care. 
The Honorable Michael P. Allen and Professor Stacey-Rae Simcox

3:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

Break and Visit with Sponsors and Exhibitors

3:15 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Veterans Benefits: Claims, Compensation and Pensions (continued) (Miller-Lassing)
This session will cover a number of topics that are needed for those who are, or have applied to be VA accredited. Topics will include a discussion of Service-Related and Non-Service Related Disabilities, Pensions, Compensation, Aid and Attendance, and health care.
The Honorable Michael P. Allen and Professor Stacey-Rae Simcox

Thursday, October 17, 2019
National Conference

7:15 a.m.-8:05 a.m.

Professor Flowers’ Ethics Breakfast: Working with Clients and Beneficiaries with Mental Health Issues (Plaza Ballroom)
This interactive session will discuss the important communication, strategic, and ethically issues that arise when dealing with beneficiaries and clients with mental health issues. The participants will discuss the ethical obligations in maintaining a “normal relationship” even in light of the client’s cognitive challenges and practical tips for effective communications. 

Objectives: After this presentation the participants will be able to
1. List the duties required of an attorney when dealing with a client with mental health issues
2. Appreciate the unique ethical obligations when dealing with clients with diminished capacity
3. Identify the difficulties in communicating with a client with mental health issues
4. Effectively communicate with clients with mental health issues
Roberta K. Flowers

8:15 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Announcements

8:30 a.m.-9:20 a.m.

Too Much to Qualify, Not Enough to Live - Flowchart Analysis of What Can Be Done With Excess Funds When a Person is Receiving SSI or Medicaid (Palm Court)
After attending this presentation, you will be able to explain to your client what options are available when the client has too much money to qualify for Medicaid or SSI. 
Craig C. Reaves

9:20 a.m.-10:10 a.m.

Review of the Past Year’s Significant, Curious, or Downright Fascinating Fiduciary Cases (at least it seems to me)
This session will review recent cases from across the country to assist fiduciaries and their advisors in identifying and managing contemporary challenges. (Palm Court)
Dana G. Fitzsimons, Jr.

10:10 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Break and Visit with Sponsors and Exhibitors

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

You Be the Trustee: The Game Show! (Palm Court)
An interactive and entertaining discussion about how YOU would respond if you were trustee of a special needs trust. Special needs trusts usually give the trustee an abundance of discretion. How should the trustee exercise that discretion? How do you balance concerns about trustee loyalty, improving the quality of life of the beneficiary, and adequate oversight of expenditures as they are authorized? 
Robert B. Fleming (moderator), Megan Brand, Robert W. Fechtman and Mary Alice Jackson (panelists)

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Lunch

12:45 p.m.-1:35 p.m. - Breakout Session 1

A Guided Magical Mystery Tour of the POMS (Palm Court-Royal)
Roll up, roll up for the mystery tour. Upon watching a film for the second or third time, did you ever discover something you totally missed the first time around? This guided tour of the SSA POMS will help you find those often hidden, subtle or lesser known policy gems that you may have missed and can employ in your practice. 
Ken Brown

Best Practices on Liability Medicare Set-Asides... Proactive or Reactive (Plaza Ballroom)
Understanding the Medicare secondary payer act and the best practices in liability cases. It’s not only compliance with a law but it’s proactively educating your claimant and the parties to lawsuit as to what is necessary to accomplish a successful post Settlement life for the injured. 
Randy Levine

Health Care Programs & Benefits for Beneficiaries (Palm Court-Majestic)
This session will discuss the role that the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and its Aging and Disability Network can play in promoting community living for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, as well as Veterans. ACL’s Network agencies provide long-term services and supports (LTSS) to consumers with disabilities of all ages. These groups include those participating in health plans and health systems, Veterans Administration programs, and Medicare and Medicaid. The presentation’s focus will be on: 
1) the new Medicare health-related, LTSS benefits that Medicare Advantage (MA) plans may offer enrollees, 
2) the 2014 Medicaid Home and Community-based Settings Rule, and 
3) ACL’s role in this evolving environment and other programs. 
Learning Objectives are: 
1. Understand the new flexibility MA plans have to provide health-related LTSS
2. Understand the Medicaid HCBS settings rule, which promotes community living
3. Understand the role that ACL programs can play in promoting community living for beneficiaries and Veterans.
Vicki Gottlich

1:35 p.m.-2:25 p.m. - Breakout Session 2

Paying Caregivers and Employees from a Trust: Staying Out of Hot Water (Palm Court-Royal)
When a fiduciary pays someone to provide services to his or her client, it is likely that an employment relationship is created. That means that there is not only an administrative duty to process payroll, accurately withhold and file taxes, and comply with wage and hour law, but also the potential for significant liability against trust/guardianship assets, and the fiduciary organization itself. In addition to describing the risks of being an employer and sharing a few horror stories, Cheryl and Rachel will discuss compliant solutions for hiring, employing, and paying employees, as well as ways to avoid some of the common pitfalls.
Rachel Green and Cheryl Severson

Orbiting Between Plenary Guardianship and Supported Decision-Making (Plaza Ballroom)
In this session we will take a deeper look into customizing supports for special needs beneficiaries to guard against unnecessarily restrictive guardianship arrangements. Using case studies, we will explore ways to protect beneficiaries, yet increase personal independence, particularly for those transitioning into adulthood. 
Jennifer Lile

Roles of the SNT Attorney and Trustee in Advising and Managing Litigation Settlements (Palm Court-Majestic)
Many SNT attorneys and financial advisors work with personal injury litigators to assist their clients, but there is more than just drafting and managing an SNT when the settlement arrives. This session will explore the many sides of the relationship including understanding the unique challenges to the client created by settlements, analyzing trust models and public benefits to best serve the client, ethically representing the client with competing advice from the litigator and family members, and creating a lasting plan to put the settlement to best long term use for the injured. It will also discuss practice development in marketing and educating the PI attorney.
Neal A. Winston

2:25 p.m.-2:45 p.m.

Break and Visit with Sponsors and Exhibitors

2:45 p.m.-3:35 p.m. - Breakout Session 3

Communication in the Digital Age (Plaza Ballroom)
This session will explore the various methods of communication that are available to our organizations and how best practices can improve office efficiency. We will also explore options for communication outside our organizations including our business partners as well as our beneficiaries and those we serve.
Linda Beiler

Malpractice and Breach of Fiduciary Duty: What Can Go Wrong? (Palm Court-Royal)
To err is human but, unlike forgiveness, malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims are not divine. This session will summarize cases alleging legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty in the context of special needs trusts to help attendees avoid the same fate.
Shirley B. Whitenack

My First Decanting: How I Learned to Let the Wine and the Trust Breathe (Palm Court-Majestic)
The mechanics of following the procedures under the Uniform Decanting Act and preparing documents to decant a faulty SNT into a new one will be discussed. As more States adopt the Act, special needs estate planners will want to take advantage of this helpful new tool to update old trusts and correct trusts with mistakes. After serving for a year on a committee in her state that studied and ultimately adopted the Act, Katherine Barr used the statute and discovered how it really works. Ms. Barr will share the experience and results. This session is BYOT (bring your own trust).
Katherine Barr

3:40 p.m.-4:30 p.m. - Breakout Session 4

ABLE Accounts Illustrated by Real Life Stories (Palm Court-Royal)
ABLE accounts are far more than just legislation, POMS, and guidance letters. ABLE accounts change the lives of people with disabilities… and SNT practitioners. Come hear the real life stories gathered from around the country by STABLE Account Deputy Director Doug Jackson as he illustrates the impact ABLE accounts have and practical ways they have been put to use. You’ll laugh. You’ll be inspired. You’ll leave better prepared to guide people in using ABLE accounts in your SNT practice.
Douglas Jackson

Deescalating Danger: Communicating with Individuals with Mental Illness in an Emotional State (Palm Court-Majestic)
This presentation will provide a brief introduction on communicating with someone who is mentally ill while they are in crisis. Tips will be provided on how to be an overall better communicator and a more effective actitive listener. 
Sergeant Joleen Bowman and Corporal Don Klase

The Very Basic Basics of Public Benefits (Plaza Ballroom)
What are means-tested benefits?? This fundamentals session for the beginning special needs practitioner will include information about understanding the Social Security Administration; Supplemental Security Income (SSI); who gets it and why; the Medicaid program and its many tentacles; Social Security Disability Insurance; and the relationship between SSDI and Medicare. 
Mary Alice Jackson

5:00 p.m.

Reception

Friday, October 18, 2019
National Conference

8:30 a.m.-8:40 a.m.

Announcements and Introductions

8:40 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Late Breaking News (Palm Court)
This year has seen significant developments with decisions from the courts, administrative changes and that recently archived POMS on fees. What needs to be done? Our panel of experts will get you up to speed and discuss how these changes may affect your practices. During this interactive presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to express thoughts about SSA current and future policies about fee approvals. This is the one session you don’t want to miss!
Mary O’Byrne (moderator), Neal Winston and Kevin Urbatsch (panelists)

10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Break and Visit with Sponsors and Exhibitors

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Understanding the Prudent Investor Rule and Why It Matters (Palm Court)
This session will focus on the role and responsibilities of a trustee managing assets in trust according to the prudent investor rule. Considering the needs of all beneficiaries and avoiding investments that come with excessive risks are paramount to ensuring compliance to the rule. 
Joe Weaver

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Lunch

12:45 p.m.-1:35 p.m. - Breakout Session 1

What is the Effect of Work on SSI and SSDI Recipient Eligibility? (Palm Court-Royal)
SSI and SSDI recipients can work without immediate loss of cash and related health benefits, but the rules are complicated and different for SSI and SSDI.  This session will cover the separate rules for both SSI and SSDI and when wages reduce benefits or result in termination of entitlement. 
Linda Landry

3rd Party SNT FAQs from Attendees (Palm Court-Majestic)
This is your chance to have your questions regarding 3rd party special needs trusts answered! From drafting to administering to tax treatment, experts Bradley J. Frigon and Kristen Lewis will be available to discuss these important aspects of 3rd party special needs trusts.  
Rebecca Bell (moderator) and Bradley J. Frigon and Kristen Lewis (panelists)

Reasonable Compensation (Plaza Ballroom)
This session will discuss the responsibilities of a trustee, the compensation that may be paid in connection with trust administration and the special considerations to keep in mind when an attorney serves as trustee. The session will also outline the manner in which the courts determine whether trustee compensation and counsel fees are reasonable and the standards used by the courts to determine the reasonableness of such fees and compensation.
Crystal West Edwards

1:35 p.m.-2:25 p.m. - Breakout Session 2

Dotting the I’s and Crossing the T’s (Palm Court-Royal)
So you executed a trust, now what? Our Top 5 items to advise the grantor and trustee after a trust is executed. This is designed as a basic “how to” session to insure your trusts are off on the right foot.
Michael Amoruso and Sreelekha Chakrabarty Amoruso

Trustee School! How to Train Family Member Trustees (Palm Court-Majestic)
Because so many Special Needs Trusts are administered by trustees who are family members (usually mom or dad), great time and effort is expended explaining the role of the trustee, duties, and what makes a trustee of a special needs trust different from a “typical” trustee. This 50-minute discussion will explore how to communicate confusing and ambiguous ideas to a family member who is taking on the role of trustee over a loved-one’s special needs trust. These ideas include: 
-Distinction between 1st and 3rd Party Trusts
-Distinction between means-tested benefits and others, and eligibility rules and reporting requirements (made -simple)
-Distributions – “what can I buy and how do I buy it?”
-Record keeping and accounting
-Taxes
The discussion will also explore strategies that family member trustees can employ to reduce anxiety and avoid common pitfalls.
David S. Banas

Marketing your SNT Practice (Plaza Ballroom)
This session creates a forum for practitioners to exchange their experiences on what has worked (or what has flopped!) regarding self-promotion, awareness building, and developing processes to create relationships and satisfy clients. A macro level examination of certain do’s and don’ts of marketing including the highly prevalent and pervasive social media platforms from one practitioner’s point of view.
Emma Hemness

2:25 p.m.-3 p.m.

Break and Visit with Sponsors and Exhibitors

3:00 p.m.-3:50 p.m. - Breakout Session 3

When are Non-citizens Eligible for SSI? (Plaza Ballroom)
The SSI non-citizen eligibility criteria and sponsor deeming rules are restrictive, but some non-citizens can be SSI eligible. This session will explain which immigration statuses still qualify for SSI eligibility. 
Linda Landry

Unique Challenges Faced by Trust Officers/Corporate Fiduciaries (Palm Court-Royal)
Trust officers and corporate fiduciaries of special needs trusts face unique challenges due to the special needs of the beneficiary. This session will explore some of those challenges, including increased scrutiny by government agencies and courts, trusts that consist primarily of real property and beneficiaries that require very personal attention.
Shirley B. Whitenack

The Very Fundamental Fundamentals of SNTs (Palm Court-Majestic)
Now that the beginning practitioner understands means-tested benefits, what next?  This is the companion session to the Very Basic Basics of Public Benefits, and will provide the basic definition of a special needs trust; clarify common SNT nomenclature; list the types of SNTs; analyze who needs a SNT; and provide the very bare bones of writing a SNT.  
Mary Alice Jackson

4:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m.

Case Law Update
This popular session closes the program again this year.  Its primary purpose: to give you up-to-date, useable information about developing trends in special needs law, to survey new cases and important changes in the law, and to energize you for the return to your office with information you will be able to use immediately.
Robert W. Fechtman and Robert B. Fleming