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




Tuesday October 17th, 2017
6:00 to 8:30 pm


LADSE Transition Alliance Team presents
Next Steps: The Transition Series – A training series on Transition Planning designed for parents and family members.


Part 3 – Planning Ahead: Future Finances and Supports


Nancy Spain of Spain, Spain & Varnet will be presenting on ways to set up your finances to protect and provide for your family member with a disability.  Other issues that will be discussed will be public benefits, Social Security support, Guardianship and how to plan effectively.  Materials will include information on writing a Letter of Intent and coordinating supports.


Riverside Brookfield High School
160 Ridgewood Road
Riverside IL 60546


To register:
Phone: Kristine at 708-482-1186



Tuesday November 14th, 2017
6:30 to 8:00 pm


Future Planning for Parents of Children with Life Long Disabilities
Presented by Nancy Spain of Spain, Spain & Varnet
Hosted by Itasca Bank & Trust Co.


Nancy Spain, of Spain, Spain & Varnet, will provide practical advice and recommendations for parents or professionals who are concerned about where a person challenged with a disability will live when the primary caregiver dies or how the family’s resources can be used to maximize the quality of life the individual will enjoy.


The presentation will provide critically needed information for transition age families who are not prepared for what happens when the school bus stops coming as well as older families who are concerned about who is going to advocate and monitor the care and services for an adult with disabilities. Providing a lifelong support system for an individual is critical. The presentation will cover how to maximize government resources and private funds to enable the individual to live as full and independent a life as possible. Topics covered will include eligibility for government benefits programs, preserving eligibility for government benefits, how work affects SSI and SSDI, and guardianship and less intrusive alternatives to guardianship.


Holiday Inn
860 W. Irving Park Road
Itasca IL 60143


There is no charge for the program, but advance registration is required. To register online click here, or telephone Itasca Bank & Trust Co. at 630-773-0350, ext. 450. 


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