Special Needs and Disability Planning

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 at 3pm Eastern
Presented by Jay Kearns, Esq.

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About this Webinar:

Estate planning for a disabled or special needs family member is difficult and requires specialized tools to ensure life-long care, including retention of any assets that a disabled family member may have or receive, and retention of any government entitlements. We will focus on life and long-term care planning for special needs families. Topics to be discussed are life planning options for a disabled individual (powers of attorney, healthcare directives, conservatorships and guardianships), Medicaid and Social Security programs, ways to preserve the assets of a disabled person and options for families who would like to provide for their disabled loved one in their estate plans. Join us and take an active role in planning your loved one's future.


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About Jay Kearns, Esq.

Jay Kearns is a Special Needs Trust Lawyer in Hartford CT, specializing in elder law. Jay holds the distinction of being Connecticut's first attorney to be board certified as an elder law specialist by the National Elder Law Foundation under accreditation by the American Bar Association.

His commitment to public service extends well beyond his private practice. Jay has served on the Board of Directors of several organizations, including: the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), The National Elder Law Foundation, HARC, a multi- service organization in Greater Hartford that serves people with intellectual disabilities and their families through support, education and advocacy, and the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Additionally, Jay is a founding member and past president of the Special Needs Alliance, a national network of disability lawyers, and a past president of the Northern Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

In 1999, Jay was inducted as a Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, acknowledging his "exceptional contributions to meeting the needs of older Americans,” as well as being "recognized by peers as a model for others, and an exceptional lawyer and leader.” Only 76 attorneys have received this national honor since 1989; Jay is 1 of 2 Connecticut attorneys selected as Fellows of the Academy.

Jay has authored and coauthored several articles that have been published in Connecticut Lawyer, the magazine of the Connecticut Bar Association, including "Protecting the Money of Your Client with Disabilities” (October 2011), "Why Trial Lawyers Should Use §468B Settlement Funds” (November 2008), and "Preserving Your Plaintiff's Personal Injury Settlement After Saunders” (March 2000). Jay has been quoted in Modern Maturity, Business Week, Money and Kiplinger, and has appeared on CNN, NBC, CNN Radio, and The Wall Street Journal Radio Network for his insight into long-term care issues.