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The Telegram
  • Herkimer ARC to host special care planning workshop

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    HERKIMER — Area families and professionals are invited to attend “What Happens When ...? A Special Care Planning Workshop,” hosted by the Herkimer ARC’s Focus on Families Educational Series on Tuesday, Sept. 24.
    The seminar will take place from 10 a.m. to noon in the training center at 350 S. Washington St. in Herkimer.
    William Van Evera, a special care planner with the Albany Agency and a parent of a son with special needs, will talk about the overall importance of financial planning.
    He will answer questions such as: Who will take care of my child when I’m no longer able to? What amount of additional funds will my child need to provide for special needs? Will government resources continue to be a viable option for my child? Will my present plan jeopardize my child’s government benefits eligibility?
    Family members or professionals interested in attending should contact Colleen Gross by Friday, Sept. 20, at 574-7529 or cgross@herkimerarc.org.
    Van Evera is a special care planner with the Albany Agency in Albany. He has been involved in the financial services industry for over 30 years, and he obtained a Chartered Life Underwriter designation in 1985, a Chartered Financial Consultant designation in 1987, a Special Care Planner certification in 2005 and a Chartered Special Needs Consultant designation in 2012. In 1992, Van Evera began working with families, who care for their children and young adults who have disabilities, to assist them with creating and implementing a life care plan for their loved ones. Today, this type of work encompasses 85 percent of his practice.
    Van Evera and his wife live in Niskayuna and have three children. Their youngest son, Craig, now 25 years old, was born with Down syndrome.
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