Kevin Urbatsch is a principal of the special needs and settlement planning firm, Urbatsch Law Firm P.C. in Walnut Creek, California. He is a nationally recognized expert in the unique planning needs of individuals with disabilities and their families. Mr. Urbatsch is a charter member of the national organization, the Academy of Special Needs Planners. He writes and is a frequent lecturer both locally and nationally on planning for persons with disabilities, primarily concerning special needs trust drafting and administration.
Michele P. Fuller is the founder of the Michigan Law Center, PLLC. The firm focuses solely on planning that preserves and protects the assets of persons with disabilities and their families Ms. Fuller serves as an Advisory Board Member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners, a board member of the Michigan chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and as Secretary of the Council for the Elder Law and Disability Rights Section of the State Bar of Michigan. She is a frequent publisher and speaker for national, state, and local organizations that address planning issues for people with disabilities.
It has been five years since the book was published. The reception for it far exceeded expectations. There have been excellent reviews of how it has helped SNT trustees, beneficiaries, their families, and professionals who advise persons with disabilities. After reviewing the book, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) flew Kevin to Washington D.C. to present to federal government bank auditors on what to look for when auditing corporate trustees when banks administer special needs trusts. Other than the numbers that change each year, like SSI or SSDI, the balance of the book was current and up-to-date. However, there were some subjects that were missing in the book plus a couple of big changes that occurred since publication, including the passage of the Affordable Care Act and the ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act that provide excellent new tools for the SNT trustee.
Kevin recruited several of his professional colleagues to assist in preparing this Second Edition of the book including Michele Fuller, Robert Nuddleman, Herb Thomas, Courtney Kosnik, Scott MacDonald, and Daniel Cutter. With their assistance, Kevin added the following new chapters to the book Paying Caregivers, Paying Trustees Fees, Understanding and Utilizing ABLE Accounts, and Protecting the SNT Trustee. Kevin was also able to update and revise the information in the balance of the book and provide additional forms to make the job of being an SNT trustee safer and more efficient.
With the checklists, form documents and law summaries included, Administering the Special Needs Trust contains a wide range of information for those charged with the responsibility of managing an SNT for persons with disabilities.
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Dr. Ross Greene, a distinguished clinician and pioneer in the treatment of kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges, has worked with thousands of explosive children, and he has good news: these kids aren’t attention-seeking, manipulative, or unmotivated, and their parents aren’t passive, permissive pushovers. Rather, explosive kids are lacking some crucial skills in the domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem solving, and they require a different approach to parenting.
Throughout this compassionate, insightful, and practical book, Dr. Greene provides a new conceptual framework for understanding their difficulties, based on research in the neurosciences. He explains why traditional parenting and treatment often don’t work with these children, and he describes what to do instead. Instead of relying on rewarding and punishing, Dr. Greene’s Collaborative Problem Solving model promotes working with explosive children to solve the problems that precipitate explosive episodes, and teaching these kids the skills they lack.
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