The last few weeks brought several exciting events and the opportunity for part of the team at The Special Needs Trust Network to get out and meet you! We’re always excited to meet not only individuals but members of other non-profits and agencies who work hard to make life better for people with disabilities or senior citizens. It’s always great to meet and talk to people who might not know what a special needs trust is and how it could help them. Or maybe if they’ve heard of special needs trusts they might have thought they didn’t have enough money to fund one.
We attended the Jefferson County Senior Law Day presented by by First Judicial Attorney Peter Weir and “Communities Against Senior Exploitation.” This was the third year for this outstanding event and location and we were certainly busy meeting people and answering questions and discussing special needs trusts. There were over 45 vendors and 15 break out sessions focusing on such issues as “Understanding Powers of Attorney,” “Grasping End of Life Issues, “”Avoiding Common Mistakes Involving Probate,” “Identity Theft Protection,” “Understanding Conservatorships and Guardianships” and many more. There was also the popular “Ask An Attorney” which gave attendees the opportunity to sit down and ask legal questions to an attorney for free. You can see a few of our pictures on our Facebook page,
If you missed this event in Jefferson County mark your calendars for the Denver Senior Law Day event July 27th at the Denver Merchandise Mart. This event will be much larger than the Jefferson County Senior Law Day but well worth the time and effort to attend. You can find more information at the Colorado Bar Association Senior Law Day website here.
The Special Needs Trust Network’s Executive Director, Rita Blackwood, attended the Assisted Technology 2013 Expo “Technology for Learning and Living” presented by The Assisted Technology Partners School of Medicine at University of Colorado. Rita is one of the most knowledgable people around when it comes to special needs trusts, Medicaid/Medicare, Social Security Disability (SSDI), Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) benefits and she’s also the parent of an adult child with disabilities. She was happy to meet other non-profits and agencies and to have the opportunity to meet people in our community. She spoke with people who already had special needs trusts set up for their children as well of those who had no idea what special needs trusts are and how they function to keep you or loved on benefits when you inherit money, receive a windfall, back payment, or have other assets.
Especially important to know for those parents who already have a third-party trust set up for their child is that a third-party trust does not cover all contingencies and some people need both first and third-party trusts, depending on who the money belongs to. More on this issue and the differences between a third and first party trust in upcoming blogs so make sure you check back in with us. We’re scheduling more events so we look forward to seeing you soon!