SSA’s New SNT Attorney Fee Authorization Requirement

SSA’s New SNT Attorney Fee Authorization Requirement

The Social Security Administration has taken steps effective June 25, 2019, to require advance approval of your attorney fee for preparing some, but not all, Special Needs Trusts (SNTs). Advocacy organizations are already seeking to rescind this rule, presently enforceable by civil and criminal proceedings.

This course provides information to help you determine which SNTs are subject to the rule, which SNTs are not, and further, to understand which of two distinct SSA fee approval processes is more financially and administratively advantageous to use.

You'll learn:

  1. When SNT drafting triggers the SSA fee approval requirement.
  2. When it is unclear whether fee authorization is necessary.
  3. The criminal penalties facing SNT-drafting attorneys if they fail to file for fee authorization.
  4. How to lessen the chance that SSA will use criminal penalties to enforce their new rule.
  5. Fee authorization mechanics: when to use the SSA Fee Petition Process versus the SSA Fee Agreement Process.

Recorded: August 2019
Duration: 60 minutes