Understanding the ABLE account

Ohio was the first state in the nation to offer an ABLE Account program, known in Ohio as STABLE Accounts.  The legal community, especially those in the Probate system, Elder law, and Special Needs Trusts, has shown tremendous interest in these accounts because people with disabilities have gained a new and easy way to save money that will not affect their public means-tested benefits such as Medicaid, SSI, and SSDI. 

Material Covered includes:

  • Federal ABLE legislation
  • STABLE Account eligibility and enrollment
  • How funds can be deposited and spent
  • Qualified Disability Expenses
  • Non-qualified expenditures
  • Account functionality
  • STABLE and Special Needs Trusts – Separate & Complimentary Financial Tools
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Blaine Brockman

Blaine Brockman

Attorney Blaine Brockman is a passionate advocate for improving the quality of life for people with special needs and the elderly. Prior to joining the firm in 2015, he operated Brockman Legal Services, a small firm law practice dedicated to special needs law and elder law. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and the Academy of Special Needs Planners (ASNP). He is also a member of the NAELA Special Needs Law Steering Committee and the Trusts and SNT Steering Committee.  He currently serves as Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association's Elder and Special Needs Law Committee, as well as Chair of the Elder Law Committee of the Central Ohio Association for Justice.

Blaine is very involved in the community, serving on the Community Housing Network (CHN) in Columbus, Ohio. CHN provides permanent supportive housing for people with severe mental illness, and others at-risk of homelessness. He also serves on the Board of APSI (Advocacy and Protective Services, Inc.), a non-profit corporation dedicated to protecting the rights of people with developmental disabilities by providing guardianship and protective services. Blaine is Treasurer of the board of Creative Housing, an organization that provides housing in central Ohio for people with developmental disabilities. Blaine served for 12 years on the Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities. He recently joined the board of the ARC of Ohio.

Blaine had a 30 year career with the State of Ohio. In that time, he was the Assistant Executive Director of the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, a human resource administrator for two agencies, and a law enforcement officer with the Ohio Department Natural Resources.

Blaine received his B.S. in Natural Resources from The Ohio State University and his J.D., cum laude, from Capital University Law School.

Blaine manages the Dublin office of Hickman & Lowder Co. LPA, and often speaks on topics related to special needs and elder law.