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Planning and Protections For the Special Needs Child

March 2 at 12:00 pm EST

Mother and small baby play with sand. Baby hold her hands to the mothers arms. Active parents and people outdoor activity on summer vacations with children.

Navigating the world of special needs arrangements and custody can be complicated and confusing.  However it is critical for parents to have a legal agenda in order for their child to reach his or her full potential and to ensure a smooth transition into their adulthood and beyond.

Join Offit Kurman Family Law and Estate Planning attorneys for a free webinar and walk away knowing the steps and tools necessary to protect and improve the lives of children with special needs.

Topics to be addressed:

  1. Legal Custody Issues - How to Assure Your Special Needs Child is Protected and Advocated For:
  • Physical custody schedule considerations.
  • Legal custody issues, including decision making issues regarding special education and accommodations, medication and treatment.
  1. How Does Receiving Child Support Affect Your Special Needs Child If They Are Receiving Government Benefits:
  • Child support and the special needs child.
  • How does a special needs child’s extraordinary expenses factor in to child support?
  • What happens to child support when the child ages out?
  • Child support and how child support affects a special needs trust.
  1. Estate Planning When You Have a Special Needs Child:
  • Special Needs Trusts.
  • Preserving Home Property for Named Guardian.
  • Titling of Non-Probate Assets.
  • Protecting Your Child’s Government Benefits from Potential Inheritance from Other Family.
  • Guardianship vs. Powers of Attorney and Advance Medical Directives.
  • Ensuring Agent under Power of Attorney has Health Insurance/Government Benefits. Information; Healthcare Providers’ Information; and Medical Supplies Information.



Lisa Seltzer Becker

lbecker@offitkurman.com | 240.507.1780

As an experienced Family Law and Education Law attorney, Lisa Becker has helped numerous clients in Maryland and the District of Columbia with their divorce and custody matters.  As an experienced litigator, Ms. Becker is also a trained Collaborative practitioner and a skilled negotiator.  She uses these skills whenever possible to reach an agreement outside the courtroom, so as to obtain the best outcome for her clients in the most cost-efficient manner.  Ms. Becker is a trained mediator and offers this service for divorce and custody cases.


Brianna Jarrett

bjarrett@offitkurman.com  | 410.209.6466

Brianna Jarrett practices in the areas of elder law and estate planning, including estate planning for individuals who have special needs or who serve as caregivers for people who have special needs. Brianna earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Messiah College in 2007, and then pursued a Juris Doctor at Widener University, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Widener Law Journal, and graduated magna cum laude in May 2010. After her admission to the Maryland Bar in December 2010, she became a practicing attorney with Nomiki Bouloubassis Weitzel & Assocs., and continued there as an Associate before joining the Estates and Trusts team at Offit Kurman in 2018.  Brianna is also a proud Baltimore native and working mother of three children.


K. Mitchell Kelling

mitchell.kelling@offitkurman.com | 704.377.7213

Mitchell Kelling’s practice is devoted to family law, representing clients throughout Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Union, and the surrounding counties.

Mitchell is certified as a family law specialist by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization and regularly focuses on issues relating to:

  • Alimony
  • Child support
  • Equitable distribution of property
  • Litigation of financial disputes
  • Mediation and arbitration for others
  • Post-nuptial agreements
  • Premarital agreements
  • Separation agreements and property settlements


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March 2
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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