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 28, 2018 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., and Nancy M. Spain, J.D
At: Hilton Lisle/Naperville Hotel, 3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle.


For online registration, click here.
For a mail-in registration form, click here.

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); and
  • Selecting a Knowledgeable Attorney


2018 NSSED Parent Education Series On Funding, Housing and Employment

Financial Planning for a Lifetime
February 5, 2018 February 26, 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 (


Financial Planning and Guardianship
April 11, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Presenters: Nancy Spain and Gabrielle Romano of Spain, Spain & Varnet, P.C.
At: Camelot Education, 580 Slawin Court, Mount Prospect IL


Nancy Spain and Gabrielle Romano will provide up-to-date information on:


  • Government benefits such as Medicaid, SSI & SSDI, food stamps and section 8. These programs can be used to enhance the collaboration of financing of services; and
  • Guardianship versus some less intrusive and restrictive alternatives to guardianship, and discuss the pros and cons of each alternative


For registration information contact Shawna Kelly-Swanson: or call: 224-612-8349



Friday Forum: Financial Planning for a Lifetime
Hosted by Connect to Community – February 9 May 18, 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

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