Considerations When Planning for Families with Special Needs

Recent changes in the laws have added new complexities and considerations when planning for a person with a disability.  Although not all are changes to trust law, many of the programmatic changes impact how we handle special needs estate planning.  The most important of these changes include...

Preserving Assets While Applying for Medicaid

There is a misconception that one should plan on applying for Medicaid only after all the money has been spent on care.  Most nursing facilities aren't going to go out of their way to tell you all of the ways you can actively plan to preserve assets while applying for Medicaid.  But there are a number of planning techniques to preserve assets for the family while ensuring that Medicaid will pay for nursing home care.  There is another, related misconception that nothing can be done if you didn't plan for more than five years prior to your need for long-term care. 

The Many Hats of a Special Needs Attorney

Attorneys must wear many hats, especially when representing people with disabilities and their families.  Imagine a display of three hats on the conference room table: A black stovepipe hat, rimmed with a satin ribbon; the rumbled and worn, brown, slouchy, cloth Sorter Hat straight from Hogwarts in Harry Potter; and the most extravagant, eye-catching Kentucky Derby creation you've ever seen.

Volume 8, Issue 2



Attorneys Franklin HickmanJanet Lowder, and David Banas have been included in the 2019 Edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. Franklin was named in the area of Education Law, Janet was named in the areas of Estate Planning & Probate, and David was named in the area of Elder Law.

Attorney Franklin Hickman was the recipient of the Ohio Association of County Boards' Lifetime Achievement Award for his lifelong commitment toward enhancing the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

Special Education Advocacy Redefined

We are pleased to introduce a novel approach to Special Education that blends traditional legal services with advocacy services.  As part of this initiative, we welcome Certified Intervention Specialist and Special Education Advocate Mary Jo O'Neill, M.Ed. , to our team who will work in tandem with our attorneys to provide a seamless experience for families.  Additionally, we have endeavored to make services more affordable, including providing f ree consultations and a flat free service offering.

Click here for more information about our Special Education advocacy services.

Happy Holidays!

We wish you and your loved ones peace, health, and happiness this holiday season and during the year ahead.

The Attorneys and Staff of
Hickman & Lowder

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