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Thomas Beltran
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Mr. Beltran’s practice focuses on issues impacting persons with disabilities, including disability-related estate planning, trust administration, establishment of trusts in personal injury and workers compensation contexts, public benefits litigation in administrative, state and federal forums, defense of special needs trusts, probate, special education litigation and appellate matters.

In the early 1980s, Mr. Beltran was part of a Congressional project which led to the codification of the SSI work incentives, Sections 1619(a) and (b) of the Social Security Act. Later, he worked with the regional centers for over ten years. He also drafted the language for SB-303 (Wright), codified as Penal Code 1347.5, applying the ADA’s accessibility requirements to proceedings involving sexual abuse victims with disabilities.

As the chair of a task-force to revise California’s special needs trust law, Mr. Beltran was the principal drafter of the amendments to Sections 3600 -3614 of the Probate Code [AB-1851 (Harmon)]. He is a co-author of "Special Needs Trusts, Planning, Drafting, and Administration, published by CEB. In addition, Mr. Beltran is a member of the Trusts & Estates Section Executive Committee of the California State Bar.

Working with Carla Jacobs and the PLAN of California Board, Mr. Beltran drafted and established the PLAN of California Master Pooled Trust. More recently, Mr. Beltran’s article “People With Disabilities, Age 65 and Over, Can Establish a Self-Settled Pooled Special Needs Trust That Protects Their Medicaid Benefits” was published in the September/October 2009 issue of the Consumer Attorneys of California's Forum Magazine.

Mr. Beltran received his B.A. from the University of North Dakota and his J.D. from Whittier Law School. He is licensed in California, Colorado, and North Dakota.

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