Special Needs 

Planning Workshop

Now, more than ever, we need to protect our children’s future.

Special needs families have special considerations when planning for a the future of their loved ones with disabilities.  For example, which public benefits might our disabled child qualify for, and how do we protect those benefits?  How can our child take advantage of the new CalABLE account?  Why might we need a stand-alone special needs trust, instead of the trust being imbedded in our revocable trust?  Who should we name as guardians of our minor children?  

Opening Doors PTA has invited attorney Ellen Cookman to educate the special needs community. In this presentation, attorney Ellen Cookman will take a deep dive into these essential planning questions, provide best practices on the intersection between special needs trusts and CalABLE accounts, and more so you can feel secure in providing for your family’s future.

Ellen Cookman is the owner of Cookman Law, PC in Palo Alto, California.  Ellen is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law from the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.  She received her J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law, and her LL.M. in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate from Golden Gate University.  Ellen lives in East Palo Alto with her husband, two sons (one with special needs), and a boxer-pit bull mix named Ulysses.

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