Special Needs Planning for the Family Law Attorney (On Demand Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Designation Credit: 2.0 Trusts and Estates Practice, 2.0 Divorce and Family Law Practice
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Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 10/08/2022


A pre-recorded streaming video replay of the October 2019 webcast, Special Needs Planning for the Family Law Attorney.

Topics Covered

  • Which government benefits are of concern when a family member has a disability
  • How to decide if government benefits need to be considered
  • How child or spousal support can be sheltered in a special needs trust
  • Which type of special needs trust can be used
  • What is an ABLE account and can it be utilized to protect benefits?

It is common for the disability of a spouse or of a child to be an issue in divorce proceedings. This seminar will provide you with the information you need to identify these issues and provide your clients with strategies to structure child and spousal support and property settlements so that family members do not lose eligibility for government benefits.

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Kelly A. Thompson, Thompson Wildhack PLC / Arlington

Kelly Thompson has worked in the trusts and estates field since 1977, as both a trust banker and a trusts and estates attorney. Ms. Thompson’s current practice handles all aspects of estate planning, but focuses on planning for persons with special needs. She a member of The Special Needs Alliance, a national group of attorneys serving the legal needs of persons with disabilities, and a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Ms. Thompson received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, and her law degree from the Fordham University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and New York.

As a native of Northern Virginia, Ms. Thompson is dedicated to serving the Northern Virginia community. She is an active volunteer with The Arc of Northern Virginia, and serves as counsel for the pooled special needs trust sponsored by that organization. She also serves on the Legal Advisors group for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Capital Chapter. Ms. Thompson has previously served on the Board of Directors of Capital Hospice, on the Governing Board of the Trusts and Estates Section of the Virginia State Bar, and is a past president of both the Northern Virginia Estate Planning Council and Northern Virginia chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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