For many people in Georgia, the concept of a lawyer who is knowledgeable about assisting families with special needs children or adults may seem a bit far-fetched. Nevertheless, the modern complexity of federal and state benefit programs for special needs people sometimes demands the advice of an experienced attorney to sort through the myriad of details.
A knowledgeable lawyer can explain each benefit program and assist in filing an application for benefits. Medicaid is one of the most common examples of how such assistance can be almost invaluable. Medicaid provides a number of benefits for people with special needs, but a lawyer who has worked with these plans can help clients select the plan best suited to their needs. On those unfortunate occasions when an application is denied, an attorney can take the steps necessary to appeal the decision and, if necessary, present an appeal in court.
A second aspect of special needs planning is ensuring that the assets of the special needs person are not frittered away. The laws of Georgia permit using a special needs trust to shield plan benefits and other income of the special needs beneficiary to avoid or reduce state and federal income tax.
Anyone with a special needs person in their family, either a child or an adult, may wish to consult the Pollan Law Firm in Atlanta. The firm's founder, David Pollan, has been practicing every aspect of long-term care and special-needs law for over twenty-five years. This firm has assisted clients with virtually every aspect of elder care and special needs planning, and it can provide advice that has been tempered by experience.