Stephen Ehrens, Expert in Special Needs Financial Planning

 Based in Fairfield, CT, Stephen Ehrens specializes in financial planning for families with children who have special needs. As a Wealth Management Advisor and a passionate advocate for his child with special needs, Stephen is uniquely positioned to guide parents through the process of developing a customized financial and estate plan for their child tailored to meet the child's future needs. Stephen has made it his personal and professional goal to ensure that families look 'beyond one day at a time' with knowledge, optimism, hope, and confidence, knowing that their child's future is not left to chance.


Special Needs Planning Kit

To obtain a Special Needs Planning Kit, please click on the CONTACT ME tab and request your Kit today!


Special Needs Workshops and Webinars 

View Steve's Calendar of Events to find an upcoming workshop or webinar.

Steve Ehrens
One of Steve's passions is to address special needs groups in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey to help empower parents and caregivers on the value of developing a special needs trust life care plan.

Steve works with special education PTA's, private schools, and other special needs organizations in planning special needs trust workshops and webinars. Steve invites a highly respected estate planning attorney to accompany him, in order to provide parents with the best legal advice when making future decisions for their special needs child.






Hawthorne Country Day School Special Needs Workshop

March 24, 2015

Hawthorne  NY

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Healing Hearts Special Needs Workshop

April 2, 2015

Stamford CT

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Villa Maria Special Needs Workshop

April 7, 2015

Stamford CT

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NAMI Special Needs Workshop 

April 8, 2015

Guilford CT

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Fairfield SEPTA Special Needs Workshop

February 11th, 2015

Fairfield CT

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November 10th 2014 at  7PM

Special guest Lawrence Berliner, Special Education Law

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Northwestern Mutual Special Needs Resources and Tools

Additional Online Resources


In December 2014, President Obama signed into law the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. The ABLE Act allows individuals to set up a tax-deferred account to save funds for the future benefit of a person with disabilities without having to give up eligibility for certain government benefits.  Assets of up to $100,000 may be held in a 529-ABLE account without risking eligibility for certain government programs. The 529-ABLE accounts, similar to 529 College Savings Plan accounts, will allow for earnings to grow and be distributed free from federal taxes as long as the funds are used to pay for qualified expenses like education, health care, transportation, housing, and a few other allowable expenses. While the new law changes federal tax code to allow for these types of accounts, the accounts will be operated by states and will become available when states put the new regulations into action.  Northwestern Mutual continues to monitor the offering of these accounts through states and will provide updates on 529-ABLE accounts availability as there are developments.

Stephen Ehrens, CPA

Wealth Management Advisor

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