2020 Adult PM Workshops
Coordinating the Use of ABLE Accounts and Special Needs Trusts to Maximize Public Benefits
Discussion and practical examples of how various programs can be combined into one coordinated plan to increase choices to individuals living with disabilities.
Meet Our Workshop Speaker
Ann N. Butenhof is a founding partner of Butenhof & Bomster, PC. Her early work with the non-profit New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA) representing low-income and elderly residents led to a strong appreciation of the special legal and care challenges facing these NH residents. She is well known in New Hampshire’s legal community for her experience in navigating Medicaid eligibility rules, public benefits programs, and special needs trusts. Ann specializes in estate planning, elder law, and planning for the future care and financial security of children with special needs and individuals who have disabilities by tailoring estate plans to protect life savings while maintaining eligibility for needs-based public benefits programs. In addition to directly working with individuals and families , Ann is a trusted legal resource for financial planners and fellow attorneys in her practice areas. Ann has been requested to lecture and train numerous attorneys and financial advisors on elder law and special needs topics, including the New Hampshire Bar Association , the New Hampshire Associat ion of Justice, and the NH Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys .
Ann has an AV Preeminent rating via peer review through Martindale-
Hubbell, and likewise has been recognized by her peers as one of New Hampshire’s best attorneys in the area of elder law every year since 2003. She is honored to have been named lawyer of the year in the area of elder law in 2014 and 2017 (as reported by NH Magazine), and to be recognized as one of New England’s “Super Lawyers” since 2007 (as reported in SuperLawyers). She was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) in 2009 and is one of only three attorneys who has earned the Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) distinction from the National Elder Law Foundation. With her law partner, Judith Bomster, Ann has co-authored a chapter entitled “Special Needs Trusts” in the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education publication “A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in New Hampshire.”
Ann is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and chaired the Formation Committee that established the New Hampshire chapter of NAELA, serving as its first president. As an active member of the Special Needs Alliance (SNA), a national, invitation-only network of lawyers dedicated to disability and public benefits law, she currently serves on the Board of Directors and Education Committee. In addition, she is a member of several sections of the New Hampshire Bar Association and the New Hampshire Estate Planning Council. Ann served for six years on the Board of the New Hampshire Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and has been an active member of the Queen City Rotary since 2010 , and currently serves on its Board.
Ann earned her J.D. (magna cum laude and Order of the Coif) and an M.S.S.A. (equivalent to a master’s degree in social work) from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio through a joint degree program. She received her B.A. from Lake Forest College in Illinois. She is licensed to practice in the State of New Hampshire.
J udith L. Bomster is a partner of Butenhof & Bomster, PC practicing in the areas of trusts and estate planning, special needs planning, and elder law with an emphasis on tailoring estate plans to achieve lifetime goals and ensure long-term financial security for clients and their families. With prior legal experience focusing in business law, Judith has a solid foundation in identifying short and long-term planning goals and projecting
the benefits and potential outcomes of various estate plans to achieve each client’s personal objectives . A natural educator and speaker, Judith has lectured in her practice areas through continuing legal education programs with the NH Bar Association and the UNH School of Law, as well as to area agencies, non-profit organizations and private companies. A member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), Judith served on the Board of Directors and as an officer of the New Hampshire NAELA Chapter. She served in leadership roles on New Hampshire Bar Association ‘s Ethics Committee, including as Chair and Vice Chair, and is a member of the NH Bar’s Trust and Estate Section and
the NH Estate Planning Council. As an affiliate member of the Special Needs Alliance (SNA), a national, invitation-only network of lawyers dedicated to disability and public benefits law, she is part of the SNA Publication Committee, editing and authoring articles for their monthly newsletter, “The Voice.” In 2017, Judith was elected a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), and in 2018 she joined the Board of Directors of the Disability Rights Center – NH. With her law partner, Ann Butenhof, Judith has co-authored a chapter entitled “Special Needs Trusts” in the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education publication “A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in New Hampshire.” Judith’s dedication to the success of her community in Greater Manchester, New Hampshire is evident in her services on the Board of Trustees of Birch Hill Terrace, a continuing care retirement community in Manchester, and as a graduate of the Leadership Greater Manchester Class of 2013 .
Judith is admitted to practice in New Hampshire and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire. She earned her J.D. from UNH School of Law (formerly known as Franklin Pierce Law Center) in 2000 , ranked fourth in her class (highest honors). While there, she interned as a law clerk with the New Hampshire Supreme Court and worked as a student attorney with the New Hampshire Appellate Defender’s Office.
Judith K. Jones joined Butenhof & Bomster, PC in 2007 . Judith brings substantial experience in elder law issues from her statewide practice with New Hampshire Legal Assistance from 1997 to 2006 , which included serving as the Directing Attorney of the Senior Citizens Law Project from 2002 to 2006. Her experience in the areas of Medicare, Medicaid and other public benefits programs, enhances the firm’s commitment to comprehensive benefit planning for its clients.
Judith received her J.D. from Western New England College School of Law in 1994, and her undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1980. Her strong sense of civic duty motivates a long-standing commitment to systemic change in the rights of our elderly and disabled citizens. In 2013 , Judith was recognized by the New Hampshire Bar Foundation for Pro Bono service . She is a founding member of the New Hampshire Elder Rights Coalition and EngAging New Hampshire. She currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Committee for the New Hampshire Long Term Care Ombudsman . In 2010, Judith helped to establish the not for profit organization, Friends of the New Hampshire Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman and currently serves as a board member.
Judith’s personal experience as a family caregiver has informed and influenced her approach to advocacy. She frequently speaks about public benefit planning to health care professionals and family advocates, including a monthly informational session through Elliot Health Systems, which is open to the public.
Judith was admitted to the New Hampshire Bar in 1995, and is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association ‘s Trust and Estate Section. She also is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), served as Co-Chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee for the local New Hampshire NAELA Chapter from 2008 through 2013. In April 2008 , 2009 and September 2013, Judith was recognized by NAELA for her outstanding achievement in the New Hampshire Chapter. She served on the New Hampshire NAELA Board of Directors from 2015 – 2017 , and is currently serving as Vice President.