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Mark Gilfix discusses his background, San Francisco and special needs families in 7×7 interview

Attorney Mark GilfixThe leading online source for information about lifestyles in San Francisco, 7x7.com, interviewed attorney Mark Gerson Gilfix on  April 6 to ask him about his views on life in the Bay Area, his professional background, and his work as an advocate and planner for autistic and special needs children. The latter issue is a key focus of the interview, as Gilfix stresses how the legacy of his family’s deep roots in the special needs community has served as an inspiration for him, and that special needs planning is a top specialty of Gilfix & La Poll Associates.
 
In “We Wanna Be Friends with Actor and Autism Advocate Mark Gilfix,” Gilfix talks about how his family’s 35-year-plus involvement with and services for the special needs community resonated with him from his childhood in Palo Alto through his college days at Stanford. He talks about his professional career that first took him to Los Angeles for stints working as a management consultant and as a professional actor. In fact, Gilfix paid for law school by simultaneously working over 25 hours a week as a management consultant and auditioning for and working in commercials and on TV shows while he attended Loyola Law School’s evening program. Notably, he still graduated in the top 5 of his class.
 
Gilfix continues to accept some limited acting work in his spare time — he is a voice for Red Bull videos and has previously appeared in some iconic television shows and in commercials for some of the world’s top brands, perhaps most notably helping introduce Apple’s Siri to the world. But while he greatly enjoyed acting and management consulting,  he talks about the increased impact, and the meaningful, positive difference he has been able to make since he returned to the Bay Area to practice law and serve families with special needs children.
 
People who want to learn more about Gilfix will greatly enjoy the 7x7 interview. And families with special needs children will be able to meet Mark and get valuable legal advice on the topic at the 11th Annual Special Needs Trust Seminar at the Crowne Plaza Cabana in Palo Alto on April 9 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Additional information on this free event is available on this website.

Read the full 7x7 interview here..

Annual Gilfix & La Poll Special Needs Trust Seminar Helps Families Move Toward Peace of Mind

On April 9, 2015, Gilfix & La Poll Associates will present the 11th Annual Special Needs Trust Seminar at the Palo Alto Crowne Plaza Cabana. This yearly event is designed specifically for the family members of special needs individuals, helping them understand how they can provide long-term financial security for a loved one with special needs.

The two-hour seminar presents the most up-to-date information about special needs trusts, how special needs individuals can benefit from them, and optimal approaches to creating and maintaining this type of trust.

It will also explain the new ABLE Act, which allows money to be held in 529-like accounts for disabled individuals.

A special needs trust can provide a lifelong safety net for a special needs individual without disturbing eligibility for public benefits. Special needs attorney Michael Gilfix, who will present at the seminar, calls the special needs trust “the most important kind of trust for a special needs individual.”

Gilfix has gained national recognition for his approaches to special needs planning, and he is regularly featured in prominent publications, including the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of the Special Needs Trust Creation and Management Guide, a book used by parents of special needs individuals and others who create and manage trusts for special needs individuals.

The annual Special Needs Trust Seminar is regularly co-sponsored by Autism Society San Francisco, Institute on Aging, Fremont Bank, Morgan Autism Center, Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Life Services Alternatives, the Pacific Autism Center for Education (PACE), and other organizations. A number of these organizations will be in attendance and available to provide information about services at both sessions of the seminar.

The seminar will be held at the Crowne Plaza Cabana in Palo Alto, and will be presented at an afternoon and an evening session. The afternoon session begins at 2:00 p.m. and the evening session begins at 6:00 p.m. Both sessions are free.

11th Annual Special Needs Trust Seminar presented by Gilfix & La Poll Associates

On April 9, 2015, Gilfix & La Poll Associates will present its 11th Annual Special Needs Trust Seminar, an event designed for the family members of special needs individuals.

A special needs trust can provide lifelong financial security for a special needs individual without disturbing eligibility for public benefits. As a vital supplement to public benefits, special needs trusts can pay for items and services that public benefits do not cover.

This well-attended seminar presents the most up-to-date information about special needs trusts, the ways in which special needs individuals can benefit, and how families can best approach creating and maintaining a trust for a special needs individual.

In addition, the seminar will cover the latest information about government benefits, housing, the recently-passed ABLE Act, and a number of other topics important to families of special needs individuals.

The seminar will be held at the Crowne Plaza Cabana in Palo Alto. Specific information and online registration can be found on the Gilfix & La Poll Events page.

The seminar is regularly co-sponsored by notable organizations including Autism Society San Francisco, Institute on Aging, Fremont Bank, Morgan Autism Center, Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Life Services Alternatives, and the Pacific Autism Center for Education (PACE). A number of these organizations will be in attendance and available to provide information about services at both sessions of the seminar.