Special Needs Trusts:
What You Need to Know - -
Or Else!

You’re probably aware that, if an estate plan beneficiary is currently receiving government benefits, the best way to preserve those benefits, and the beneficiary’s quality of life, is to set up a “Special Needs Trust.”

But if the Trust isn’t set up properly, it can be a disaster - - and how familiar are you with the intricacies of how a Special Needs Trust needs to be designed, drafted and implemented?

Do you know…

  • Which public benefit programs can be protected by a Special Needs Trust - - and which can’t?
  • The two different types of Special Needs Trust?
  • What the “POMS” considerations are when drafting a Special Needs Trust?
  • How to address the 3 key issues of “availability”, transfer penalties and “payback”?

Whether you’re a CPA, financial advisor or estate planning attorney, find out “what you need to know” about Special Needs Trusts on a very special 60 minute presentation with one of the nation’s leading authorities, attorney Thomas D. Begley, Jr.  As co-author of the Special Needs Trusts Handbook, a founding member of the Special Needs Alliance (a national network of lawyers dedicated to serving families of persons with disabilities) and a recipient of the prestigious NAELA President’s Award, Tom has an exceptional level of knowledge and experience to share with you.

Join us for this special 60-minute presentation entitled, “What’s So Special About Special Needs Trusts?”.

  • Program Title: What’s So Special About Special Needs Trusts?
  • Speaker:
  • Duration: 60 minutes

Thomas D. Begley Jr.

Thomas D. Begley Jr.

Thomas Begley, Jr. is a lifelong resident of Southern New Jersey and earned both his undergraduate and law degrees at Georgetown University. In a career that spans over 40 years he has extensive experience in Elder Law, Medicaid Planning, Special Needs Trusts, Disability Law and Personal Injury Consulting. In addition, Tom is an accredited attorney for the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for veteran’s benefits before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Tom is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association, all relevant state, local affiliates and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He is past Chair of the Elder and Disability Law Section and the Real Property Probate and Trust Law Sections of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Tom is a Certified Elder Law Attorney, a Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and recipient of the NAELA President’s Award. He is past president and a founding member of the Special Needs Alliance, a national network of lawyers dedicated to serving families of persons with disabilities, recipient of the Alfred E. Clapp award, and the Marilyn Askin Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tom co-authored the Special Needs Trust Handbook; Representing the Elderly Client, and of Representing the Elderly or Disabled Client; Forms and Checklists with Commentary. He also authored How to Develop and Manage a Successful Trust and Estate/Elder Law Practice and is a member of the editorial board of Estate Planning Magazine.

Tom is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell® (which is only awarded to lawyers operating at the highest level of professional excellence and upholding the highest ethical standards) and is recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyer®.
Outside the office Tom’s passion is his family, his 14 grandchildren and his Philadelphia Eagles.

*Noteworthy: Super Lawyers 2010 Elder Law, AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, Certified Elder Law Attorney, Recipient of the NAELA President’s Award, Recipient of the Alfred E. Clapp Award, Marilyn Askin Lifetime Achievement Award.


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