Elder Law Serves People with Disabilities and Special Needs and Their Family Members

Cozen O'Connor Elder Law serves people with disabilities and special needs, and their family caregivers. Find out more here.

October 29, 2021 — by Ellen S. Morris and Howard S. Krooks, CELA, CAP

We’re still riding high after joining Cozen O’Connor in September 2021. We’re now part of a top-ranked, full-service Am Law 100 firm with more than 775 attorneys in 31 offices in the United States and abroad. Cozen O’Connor Elder Law now can serve clients at our offices in Boca Raton, Miami, West Palm Beach and New York. As we’ve done for the better part of two decades, we continue to provide personal, discreet and confidential client service on elder law and special needs law matters and deliver peace of mind for seniors, people with special needs and their families.

October was Disabilities Awareness Month, National Disability Employment Awareness Month and National Special Needs Law Month, and November happens to be National Family Caregivers Month and National Home Care and Hospice Month, with December 3 as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. These special events are celebrated annually by attorneys like us at Cozen O’Connor Elder Law who work with people with disabilities and special needs and their families on estate planning and special needs planning, setting up Special Needs or Supplemental Needs Trusts, and helping families understand and apply for assistance programs, such as Medicaid, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Our special needs planning attorneys can assist clients with:

  • Establishing comprehensive care plans, organized so that funds for your loved one with disabilities or special needs will not be at risk from estate taxes or the long-term care costs of caregivers;
  • Issues in connection with the suspension or loss of SSI benefits;
  • Applying and qualifying for Medicaid for a loved one with disabilities or special needs;
  • Providing for a loved one with disabilities or special needs in your will or trust;
  • Applying for guardianship for your loved one with disabilities or special needs;
  • Setting up a Special Needs Trust or Supplemental Needs Trust for your loved one with disabilities or special needs;
  • Informing you of the estate planning options available to you;
  • Assisting clients with long-term care and asset preservation and protection planning for your loved one with disabilities or special needs;
  • Setting up asset protection plans;
  • Setting up family trusts and agreements;
  • Setting up family care agreements;
  • Creating durable powers of attorney;
  • Creating health care surrogates (also known as health care proxies and medical powers of attorney) and living wills;
  • Submitting appeals for nursing home and assisted living facility care for your loved one with disabilities or special needs.

If you have any questions or need assistance with special needs planning, please don’t hesitate to contact us or call 1-800-ELDERLAW (353-3752) or (561) 750-3850.


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