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Special Needs Planning Law Day

A program for individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities, their families and their caretakers
 

Saturday, April 11, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Special Needs Planning Law Day will provide a forum for individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities and their families and caregivers to receive reliable and objective information about their most pressing legal, financial and care giving concerns.

9:30 a.m. Sign-up for consultations; light breakfast available

10:30 a.m. Keynote

Roger Bearden, Esq., General Counsel, New York State Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities
"Planning for the Entire Family - A Holistic Approach to Special Needs Planning"

11:00 a.m. Workshops and consultations

Workshops will include:

   How to fund a special needs trust
   Advanced directives for individuals with D.D.
   Individual education programs
   The ABLE Act
   Special needs trusts and pooled special needs trusts
   Public benefits and waivers
   Guardianship

Workshop presenters include:

   Mark Esslie, First Investors
   Rosemary Queenan, Associate Dean, Albany Law School
   NAMI
   Living Resources
   William Van Evers, ChSNC, CLU, ChFC, MASS Mutual Financial Group
   Tara Anne Pleat, Esq., Wilcenski & Pleat, PLLC
   Mark Brody, Esq., Brody & Brody, LLP

   Paul Kietzman, Esq., General Counsel, NYSARC
   Robert Mascali, Esq., Pierro Law Group, LLC
   Kim Strauchon Verner, Esq., Herzog Law Firm, P.C.

Consultations provided by:

   Hon. Jaclyn Brilling
   Robert Mascali, Esq., Pierro Law Group, LLC
   Kim Strauchon Verner, Esq., Herzog Law Firm, P.C.
   Tara Anne Pleat, Esq., Wilcenski & Pleat, PLLC
   Mark Brody, Esq., Brody & Brody, LLP
   Sharon Merkle, Esq.
   Sara McGinty, Esq., Sara McGinty, P.C.
   David Kubikian, Esq.
   Debra Verni, Esq., Herzog Law Firm, P.C.
   Bonnie McGuire Jones, Esq.
   Judy Nolfo McKenna, Esq., Nolfo McKenna Law Office
   Jason Depasquale, Mass Mutual

Resource fair participants include:

   Spina Bifida Association of Northeastern New York
   NYSARC, Inc. Trust Services 
   Pierro Law Group, LLC
   Herzog Law Firm P.C.    
   New York State Bar Association, Department of Pro Bono Affairs 
   Center for Special Needs Trust
   NYSARC, Inc. Trust Services
   Capital Bank – A Chemung Canal Trust Co.
   First Investors Corporation
   Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs
   Parent to Parent NYS
   Families Together NYS
   Family to Family Health Information Center
   Albany Community Action Partnership
   Consumer Directed Choices, Inc.
   Catholic Charities Disabilities Services
   Center for Autism and Related Disabilities

Organized by the law school's Pro Bono Program, the event is free and open to the public and does not require advance registration. For more information, or to request specific accommodations or translation services, contact pbarn@albanylaw.edu.

Sponsors:

   NYSARC, Inc. Trust Services
   Pierro Law Group, LLC
   Herzog Law Firm P.C.
   New York State Bar Association, Department of Pro Bono Affairs
   The Center for Special Needs Trust Administration
   Capital Bank - A Chemung Canal Trust Co.
   First Investors Corporation