Members of Spain, Spain & Varnet P.C. speak regularly on estate planning generally and planning for those with special needs.  Listed below are some upcoming events.  To inquire about or schedule a presentation for your organization, please contact Lena Patel




2018 NSSED Parent Education Series On Funding, Housing and Employment
Financial Planning for a Lifetime
February 5, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Presenter: Nancy Spain of Spain, Spain & Varnet, P.C.
At: NSSED Training Center, 776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park IL


Nancy Spain, will discuss several potential sources of funds – eligibility for various government benefits, including SSI and SSDI, different types of trusts, and how to weave the various components into a financial plan for lifelong support.


The NSSED Parent Education Series on Funding, Housing and Employment helps families learn and understand their options for supporting their child outside of the school system. After the school years, parents become the main advocate (case manager) for their child, so it is important to learn about the options that are available to create a set of supports in the community. These two hour workshops are free and open to the community. Pre-registration is requested please register online. Questions can be directed to Susan Hans, NSSED Parent Mentor at 847-831-5100 x 2228 (


Friday Forum: Financial Planning for a Lifetime
Hosted by Connect to Community – February 9, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Presenter: Nancy Spain of Spain, Spain & Varnet, P.C.
At: Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine, IL 60067


Nancy Spain, will discuss various things to consider in the development of a financial plan including government benefits (SSI/SSDI), different types of trusts, ABLE Act accounts, and estate issues.


Friday Forum events are designed to provide parents, families, educators and service providers with a variety of information related to the transition process. They are also a great opportunity for participants to network with each other in a relaxed, informal setting.


Friday Forums are free, but advanced registration is required. To register click here


Future Financial Planning for Parents of Students with Special Needs
Sponsored by: Glenbrook Special Education Parent Association
February 20, 2018 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Presenter: Nancy M. Spain of Spain, Spain & Varnet, P.C.
At: 4000 W Lake Ave., Glenview IL (Principal Conference Room #128)


Nancy Spain will provide up-to-date information of a variety of government benefits, including recent changes to the ABLE Act. She will also discuss estate planning methods specific to parents of children with disabilities. For instance, she will share information about special needs trusts, widely used to enable families to leave their dependent child an inheritance without losing his or her needed government benefits. We look forward to her explaining these and other unique estate planning needs.


If you have any questions regarding this presentation, please contact Patty Baeckelandt at:

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