Oct 26-27, 2023Detroit, Michigan

Two days / 10+ Experts
Incredible Content & Amazing Resources

Oct 26 & 27, 2023 | MGM Grand, Detroit, MI | Great Lakes Special Needs Symposium



A 2-day hybrid experience dedicated to the education of professionals who plan for persons with disabilities and administer special needs trusts. This informative and interactive educational adventure benefits seasoned professionals as well as those just beginning their practice. You will have multiple opportunities to chat with nationally-renowned experts on all aspects of special needs planning and administration to ensure your move toward mastery in this complex yet rewarding field.



⦿ Learn from the nation’s leading experts presenting on special needs administration and planning, drafting, public benefits, trust investment, health care coverage, enhancing the quality of life for persons with disabilities, planning for retirement benefits, and how to manage serving people with high conflict personalities.

⦿ Option to attend in person and network with your colleagues, meet the experts, and enjoy the beautiful MGM Grand OR choose to attend all sessions virtually and obtain the best information available from the comfort of your office or home office.

⦿ The best option is to attend both days of the conference to learn the fundamentals of special needs planning and the latest in this specialized area of law. Yet, the attendee can choose to attend Day One or Day Two only. The first-day presentations are intended for professionals who would like to incorporate special needs planning and administration into their professional planning practice It provides an excellent foundation to build this rewarding area of practice. The second-day presentations are intended to provide both beginning and experienced practitioners with the latest information and techniques on proper planning for persons with disabilities.

⦿ The best sponsors and exhibitors in the world that provide services for attendees to assist them in becoming the best professionals they can be in assisting persons with disabilities.

What attendees are saying:

"This was probably the best conference I’ve ever attended. TOP NOTCH!"

"Well organized and first class all the way. Speakers were all amazing."

"Thanks so much to you and Michele for putting on such a fantastic conference. Myself and the rest of the team had a lot of takeaways that we can implement directly into our practice."

"I would like to thank you for your willingness and hard work in putting on the Symposium. The knowledge you share is very valuable to me, and hopefully to those I support directly (the trustee) and indirectly (the disabled person). I am grateful."

Meet the


We have gathered a fantastic group of experts to speak at this year’s symposium who all have a deep knowledge and passion for Special Needs Trusts, Administration, Planning and the future well-being of those with disabilities.

They will be providing sophisticated answers for experienced trustees and fiduciaries as well as those starting out concerning some of the unique responsibilities a trustee will encounter.


Your Host

Michele Fuller

Special Needs Planning Attorney of the Year, Women in Law 2016. Elder Law, Pooled trust, Special Needs Expert.



Kevin Urbatsch

National Director for The Academy of Special Needs Planners. Author of several books on Special Needs Trusts.

Meet our

Premier Sponsors

Thank you to our top sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor:
Merrill Lynch – The Special Needs Team

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