Elder Law
Special Needs Planning

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Special Needs Law
Special Needs lawyers are attorneys experienced in drafting and administering Special Needs Trusts for individuals with special needs, whether due to: dementia or Alzheimer’s disease; a traumatic brain injury; a debilitating physical injury; or, a cognitive or developmental disability such as cerebral palsy or autism; as well as doing estate planning and drafting wills for their family members.

Formerly an avid equestrian, Ms. Grayson understands how a personal injury can be life changing and she is committed to helping you navigate the legal issues that accompany a disability. A Special Needs Trust can be drafted to help improve your quality of life while protecting your eligibility for means-tested benefits such as Medicaid and long term care assistance. 

Medicaid, SSI and Entitlement Program Eligibility
Personal injury awards and structured settlements may compromise an individual’s ability to access public benefits like Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Plaintiff attorneys should work closely with a Special Needs attorney to discuss ways in which to protect those benefits for their clients.

Additionally, an inheritance can make an individual ineligible for public benefits which can be devastating if that person relies on Medicaid or other means-tested benefits; especially if the inheritance is not enough to provide the extra services and care needed for the duration of their lifetime.  

Guardianships and Conservatorships 
Guardianships and Conservatorships can be an integral tool when working with protecting family members who are incapacitated whether due to advanced age or a developmental disability. 

Health Care Decisions and Advance Directives
Special Needs attorneys frequently confront the issue of personal control of health care decision making as it pertains to elderly clients and those with disabilities. We are familiar with the issues and problems facing these clients as they plan for their long-term health care.


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