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




Spain, Spain & Varnet, P.C. – Annual Seminar
How to Administer a Special Needs Trust – April 27, 2019 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
By: Richard C. Spain, J.D., LL.M. – Tax, Theresa M. Varnet, J.D., M.S.W., Nancy M. Spain, J.D., and Jayme Levin-Muriel J.D.
At: Hilton DoubleTree Lisle/Naperville Hotel, 3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle (this is the same venue as in previous years)


For online registration, click here
For a mail-in registration form,  Flyer 2019


If you have any questions, please contact Beth Zinanni at 312-220-9112 x. 207 or


This seminar is for Parents, Trustees and Successor Trustees of Special Needs Trusts and OBRA ’93 Trusts, and will address the unique needs that families have in planning for the financial and legal future of their relative with a disability.  Topics will include:


  • Negotiating the Social Security Maze;
  • Preserving Eligibility for Government Benefits through Proper Estate Planning;
  • Special Needs Trusts;
  • ABLE Accounts;
  • Guardianship and Less Restrictive Alternatives, and the Implications for Consent;
  • Health Care Proxies (Advanced Directives);
  • Update to estate tax laws; and
  • Selecting a Knowledgeable Attorney


May 2 – 4, 2019 – Chicago IL


Nancy M. Spain and Theresa M. Varnet of Spain, Spain & Varnet P.C. are co-chairs for the planning committee for the 13th annual meeting of the Academy of Special Needs Planners.  The annual meeting will be held at the Drake Hotel in Chicago.


To Register click here



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