What is a Special Needs Planning Attorney?
A “Special Needs Planning Attorney” works with children and adults who have disabilities and their families. People with special needs may require unique and often comprehensive, varied legal supports throughout their lives. Parents are frequently overwhelmed by their growing ‘to-do’ lists, and how to find the information and resources to help their child right now. Daily priorities must come first. A Special Needs Planning Attorney can guide you to solutions that address priorities with an eye on the future, too.
A Special Needs Planning Attorney will assess your family’s current circumstances and develop a concise, ordered plan to implement. Our assessments identify government benefit opportunities, develop a family’s support and financial plan, evaluate a transition plan, draft documents, and build a team of professionals to guide parents. Our shared goal and passion is to create a map that provides the highest quality of life for our clients. We call the result of this work a “Special Needs Plan.”
A Special Needs Plan will differ for each client because it considers the client’s age, supports needed, education plan, finances, family goals for future living, eligibility for government benefits, and parent/family support. A Special Needs Plan must change over time to meet the client’s changing needs – such as entering the transition plan at school, becoming eligible for various government benefits, parents aging and retiring, and unexpected life events.
Special Needs Planning is a unique area of law and considered by many to be highly specialized. Because of the breadth of knowledge and experience necessary, Clancy & Associates, Ltd. practices exclusively in this area of law.