Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq., Certified Elder Law Attorney and Accredited Veterans Attorney, was among the 100 attendees of the 4th  Annual Meeting of the Academy of Special Needs Planners, which took place March 19-20th in Charleston, SC.

Special needs planning is one of the fastest-growing areas of estate planning.  Attorneys in the field focus on helping individuals with special needs and their families plan for a more secure future. The attorneys must combine compassion with skilled estate planning and a knowledge of the public benefit programs on which many individuals with special needs must rely.

The Academy of Special Needs Planners (ASNP), of which Mr. Vanarelli is a member, was established in 2006 to provide attorneys in this growing field of law with access to a collegial community and practice tools to assist them in fulfilling their clients’ needs.

ASNP’s 4th Annual Meeting featured presentations by nationally recognized leaders in special needs planning and related disciplines who shared insights on the latest developments and legal strategies in the field.  Session topics included “Deconstructing that Special Needs Trust”,  “SSI and SSDI Annual Updates”, “Special Needs Planning with Military or Veterans Benefits”, “Special Education Advocacy and Litigation” and “The Practical Applications of Qualified Settlement Funds.”

To learn more about ASNP, visit and its companion consumer site, SpecialNeedsAnswers, at