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Event: Planning for the Future of Children & Adults with Intellectual, Developmental Disabilities, and/or Mental Illness

This is a FREE Event!

When you have a child with special needs, planning for that child’s future can be an overwhelming task. Where do you begin? Who has the answers? How do you find attorneys and government benefits experts who understand the financial, legal, and Illinois Governmental complexities of the special needs’ world? Could they possibly understand your emotions, concerns, and fears? Imagine the relief of finding attorneys and government benefits experts who not only have the answers, but also have lived the very same experience. Discover professional advice…heartfelt compassion…and the unparalleled insight that only comes from being a fellow parent or sibling. That is what the “Family to Family”, “Heart to Heart” presentation is all about. Attorney Brian Rubin, for 35 of his 41 years in practice, has dedicated his career to special needs legal & future planning, because, he too, is a parent of a child with special needs. Brian’s son, Mitchell, now 36, has Autism. Brian’s son, Benjamin, Mitchell’s “little/big” Brother, an attorney, and a member of Rubin Law, has devoted his entire legal career to special needs legal & future planning, bringing the sibling perspective. This is a unique presentation, offered as a public service. The topics to be covered include:

  • The who, what, where, when, why and how of Government Benefits, including SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare.
  • Special Needs Estate & Future Planning, the who, what, where, when, why and how of:
    • Types of and appropriate uses of Special Needs Trusts;
    • Gifting by grandparents & extended family members;
    • The impact of divorce & child support on government benefits;
    • Determining the appropriate amount to leave;
    • The new ABLE Act Account;
    • The importance of including the “Typical” Siblings in the Planning;
    • Navigating the “maze” of PUNS, Children & adult Medicaid Waiver Programs, & State of Illinois Grant Programs;
    • Guardianships & Alternatives;
    • Providing guidance, education & information for the “Future Team”, the future Trustees, Guardians, Care Providers’
    • Considerations when the parents are divorced or our contemplating divorce;
    • Planning for litigation settlements so as to not negatively impact government benefits.
  • Q & A

Presentations by Attorneys Brian & Benjamin Rubin:

Attorney Brian Rubin, the founder of Rubin Law, a former IRS Agent and former IRS Estate Tax Attorney, has been a practicing attorney in private practice since 1978. He is the parent of three children, one of whom, Mitchell, has Autism. Brian’s law practice, since 1982, when Mitchell was one year old, has been dedicated to serving the legal and future planning needs of his fellow families of children and adults with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, and/or mental illness.

Attorney Benjamin (Benji) Rubin, Brian’s youngest son, Mitchell’s “little/big” brother, graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law, Magna Cum Laude, received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, and currently is pursuing his Graduate Law Degree, an LLM (Tax), at Northwestern University. Benji, a partner in the law firm, joined the practice in 2010.


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