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About Michele P Fuller
Michele was recently appointed Special Assistant Attorney General to assist in settlement planning for the Flint Water cases. She is the former Chair of the Elder Law and Disability Rights Section (ELDRS) of the State Bar of Michigan and has leadership positions in several national organizations: Advisory Board Member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners (ASNP) and Michigan Chapter of NAELA Board of Directors. She is also active in the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the Michigan Association for Justice, and a regular contributor for the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE).
Michele is honored to have received the 2018 State Bar of Michigan Unsung Hero Award, given annually to an attorney demonstrating dedication in their practice for the betterment of others. She has also been nominated to the Super Lawyers list for the last several years. Other awards she has received include: American Institute of Legal Counsel 10 Best Elder Law Attorneys 2016-2019, and Distinguished Lawyers 2016-2019 by The Expert Network, given to the top 3% of attorneys in the nation. She was also named the Women-in-Law Elder Law and Special Needs Planning Attorney of the Year by Lawyer's Monthly Magazine in 2016. Parenting Magazine also named Michele the Top Special Needs Child Advocate in 2013.
Michele and her award-winning special needs attorney and spouse, Kevin Urbatsch, frequently write together. Their publications include: Administering the Michigan Special Needs Trust; the 2nd and 3rd editions of Administering the California Special Needs Trust;and Special Needs Trusts: Protect Your Child's Financial Future, 6th and 7th Editions, NOLO Press. She is also the author of Saving Grace, an elder law client's experience, and Finding Peace: a guide for caregivers, to be published in 2020.
Michele and Kevin have also co-authored several nationally published articles, including Traps for the Unwary During Special Needs Trust Administration, in Estates and Trusts Magazine, the Future of Planning for Persons with Disabilities which was published in the Fall 2013 edition of the NAELA Journal, and Pooled Trusts: An Approach to Special Needs Planning for Families of Modest Means, published in the May-June 2013 edition of BiFocal, a Journal of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging. Michele has also contributed to Michigan Bar Journal, Planning for a Person with Disabilities, Considerations when Settling a Lawsuit for an Individual Lacking Capacity or a Minor, and Divorce and Disability: Identifying and Resolving the Unique Issues of a Spouse with Disabilities. In addition to the Michigan State Bar Journal, Michele has contributed to the MAJ Journal, Elder Law Answers, NAELA news, and other publications.
Michele is a frequent presenter for various national and statewide organizations such as ElderCounsel, MassMutual, the American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Michigan Association for Justice, the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Michigan Brain Injury Association of Michigan and the Michigan Guardianship Association, among others. She is of council for several non-profit organizations, national and statewide, which administers pooled special needs trusts.
Michele graduated with Honors as a member of the James Madison College at Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. Michele then attended American University International Law Masters program and obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.
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Use a special needs trust to provide financial security for your child (or anyone) with a disability, without jeopardizing important government benefits. Funds in a special needs trust do not count against eligibility for benefits and can be used to improve the quality of your child’s life.
This book provides everything you need to know about special needs trusts—whether you make one yourself with this book or have an attorney draft one for you. The authors explain:
- how special needs trusts work
- the trustee’s role
- ways to pass important information to successor trustees
- the pros and cons of joining a pooled trust.
With Downloadable Forms -Trust forms and sample letters are provided in the book and are available for download at nolo.com (details inside).
Administering a special needs trust (SNT) is a very important job, which often has a profound impact on the life of persons with disabilities. In most cases, the SNT trustee is providing the beneficiary goods and services that improve their quality of life. In some cases, the SNT trustee may be the only person looking to the beneficiarys welfare. Thus, the role of SNT trustee is often a more substantial role than in many other types of trusteeships. The great SNT trustee is a solid financial manager, accountant, record keeper, legal counselor, public benefits advisor, social worker, housing coordinator, civil rights advocate, guardian, and life coach. This is why author Kevin Urbatsch published his book titled Administering the California Special Needs Trust.
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.