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Elder Issues and Special Needs Trusts

  • Tuesday, January 17, 2023
  • 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Michael's On East

Starting off 2023 in the Know: Understanding Elder Abuse, Undue Influence and Special Needs Trusts in an Elder Law Practice

In partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and Manatee Community Foundation, please join us for a Distinguished Speaker Series program presented by Rebecca Morgan.

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 – Joint Councils Meeting
4:30 p.m. - Registration check in and cocktails
5:15 p.m. - Dinner and opening remarks
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Program

Location: Michael’s On East, 1212 East Ave. South, Sarasota, FL 34239

Synopsis: The program will review elder abuse and undue influence, provide discussion on financial exploitation restraining orders, and review certain red flags that may signal the occurrence of elder abuse or undue influence with clients. Participants will gain an understanding of the definitions of elder abuse and undue influence under Florida Statutory law and will review the steps necessary to file for a restraining order for financial exploitation of an elder. The program will also review special needs trusts and provide a basic understanding of public benefits. Participants will gain an understanding of the difference between 1st and 3rd party special needs trusts and examine common errors in drafting such trusts.

Continuing Education Credit:
2 credits for Attorney, CFP, CPA, and Trust Officers

Click Here to Register * Please note all attendees must register through the link provided here

Registration Deadline: January 13, 2023

Guest Fee: $80 (Please Note: After registering through the Community Foundation of Sarasota County's website, attendees will receive a separate invoice for any guest reservations from the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council. Please prepare to remit payment to SWFEPC via check when arriving at the event or pay online via credit card once the invoice is received.)


Click this link which will bring you to the Community Foundation Registration Site:  SWFEPC - Click Here to Register

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If you are registering a guest, please provide your guest’s full name and phone number and the name of the SWFEPC member.

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Please email the SWFEPC Secretary with any questions: 

About Our Speaker: Rebecca C. Morgan 

Rebecca C. Morgan is the Boston Asset Management Chair in Elder Law. Professor Morgan teaches a variety of elder law courses in the J.D. and LL.M. programs and is the Director of the M.J. in Health Care Compliance. She is the successor co-author of Matthew Bender's Tax, Estate and Financial Planning for the Elderly, and its companion forms book (Lexis), a co-author of Representing the Elderly in Florida, (Lexis), The Fundamentals of Special Needs Trusts (Lexis), Ethics in an Elder Law Practice (ABA), Planning for Disability (Bloomberg BNA Portfolio), co-author of Elder Law in Context and Bankruptcy in Context (Aspen), as well as Mastering Interviewing and Counseling (Carolina Academic Press). Professor Morgan has authored a number of articles on a variety of elder law issues and has spoken a number of times on subjects of elder law. She is the co-editor of the Elder Law Prof Blog.

Professor Morgan is a member of the board of directors for the Center for Medicare Advocacy and currently serves as treasurer. She is a member of the board of directors for the American Society on Aging. She served as the eleventh president of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and as past president of the board of directors of Justice in Aging. She served as chair for the American Association of Law Schools Section on Aging and the Law (twice) and of the Florida Bar Elder Law Section. She is on the faculty of the National Judicial College, a member of the American Law Institute (ALI), academic advisory board for the Borchard Center for Law and Aging, an academic fellow of the American College of Trusts & Estates Counsel (ACTEC), a NAELA fellow, and a member of NAELA's Council of Advanced Practitioners (chair 2012-2014). After a term on the Board of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, she is a special advisor to the ABA Commission on Law and Aging.

Professor Morgan was the recipient of the 2003 Faculty Award on Professionalism from the Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. She received the NAELA Unaward in November 2004 from President Stu Zimring for her accomplishments in the field of elder law. Professor Morgan, along with Professor Roberta Flowers, received the 2005 Project Award on Professionalism from the Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. She received the 2006 Rosalie Wolf Memorial Elder Abuse Prevention Award from the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. She received the Homer & Dolly Hand Award for Faculty Scholarship in May of 2008, and the NAELA President's Award from NAELA President Mark Shalloway in May of 2008. She received the Theresa Award from the Theresa Alexandra Russo Foundation in 2008. Professor Morgan was the 2009 recipient of the Treat Award from the National College of Probate Judges. In 2018 Professor Morgan received the Ben C. Willard alumni award for humanitarian achievements from Stetson University College of Law. She was inducted into Stetson Law’s Hall of Fame in 2018. In 2021, Professor Morgan received a lifetime achievement award from the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar.

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