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Special needs knowledge at Christenson Johnson

In conjunction with our observance of National Special Needs Law Month, two attorneys from Christenson Johnson, LLC participated in the National Conference on Special Needs Trusts and Special Needs Planning, hosted by Stetson University, in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Attorney Mark T. Johnson and Attorney Barbara S. Hughes participated in over three days of training and professional interactions with attorneys from across the United States.  Also, Attorney Hughes taught other attorneys about how to successfully advise clients and build a strong practice in this area of law.

Here are a few of the things that Barb and Mark learned:

  • Extensive training regarding tax aspects of drafting and administering special needs trusts.
  • Working with clients and ABLE accounts (Achieving a Better Life Experience) to establish and use the accounts for maximum flexibility and best results, especially in preserving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
  • Updates regarding Social Security benefits and policies related to individuals with disabilities and special needs trusts.
  • Recent case law developments regarding subsidized housing and treatment of special needs trusts.

In addition, both Barb and Mark built and strengthened relationships with other special needs law attorneys from around the country, to deal with trusts and disability issues in other states and to draw upon a broad knowledge base in complex matters.  The Special Needs Alliance also met for an additional day, where Barb and Mark learned the latest information and strategies for representing clients who receive Social Security benefits.

The attorneys of Christenson Johnson, LLC continually build their skills and expand their knowledge about special needs planning to provide you with comprehensive planning related to trusts, estates, public benefits, and supportive services.

If you or someone you love has a disability, contact Christenson Johnson, LLC to learn more at an upcoming event and to develop a personalized plan.