Many families in Georgia with special needs children may be eligible for a variety of federal and state funded programs, but many of these same families are unaware of these programs or do not know how to apply for benefits. An experienced special needs lawyer can provide valuable assistance in such cases.
Special needs lawyers can help a family match the benefits of particular programs with the medical and financial needs of the special needs child. A lawyer who practices special needs law is usually well-acquainted with the state and federal programs that might help a special needs child. Such attorneys can help find programs that will help a particular patient obtain benefits.
Second, a knowledgeable attorney can help families overcome barriers to eligibility. For example, Supplemental Security Income is a federal program that provides financial assistance to low-income families. Many families believe they are not eligible because their income or assets exceed eligibility limits for the program. An experienced special needs lawyer can help a family transfer assets directly to the child or to a special needs trust in order to reduce income that would otherwise disqualify the family from receiving SSI benefits. The same strategy can be used to obtain other important Medicaid benefits.
The lawyers at the Pollan Law Firm in Atlanta help clients throughout the state to identify and qualify for important benefit programs such as Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. The firm has extensive experience in setting up special needs trusts, guardianships and conservatorships and in blending the benefits from other programs with Medicaid to achieve an optimal solution to the special needs child's financial situation.