Disability and Special Needs Planning

Miller Johnson’s disability planning and special needs lawyers counsel individuals and families concerning the legal and practical aspects of planning for long-term care, applications for Medicaid, and planning for family members with disabilities or special needs. Our lawyers and paralegals use a team approach to provide you with cost-effective representation.

Special Needs Trusts

  • Preparing Special Needs Trusts for family members with disabilities as part of a client’s overall estate plan to maintain government benefits and provide additional funds to enhance quality of life
  • Working with persons with disabilities who receive insurance proceeds or money judgments to establish trusts allowing them to continue to receive government benefits during their lifetimes
  • Advising family members with special concerns regarding chronic illness, care giver responsibilities, and economic security
  • Connecting clients to appropriate community resources
  • Negotiating the minefield of government regulations
  • Advising Trustees of Special Needs Trusts in making appropriate distributions which will not affect Social Security and Medicaid eligibility


  • Appealing Medicaid denials
  • Advocating for quality nursing home care
  • Reviewing nursing home contracts
  • Protecting resident’s rights
  • Handling nursing home eviction cases
  • Reviewing long-term care insurance policies

As part of Miller Johnson’s Personal Legal Services Group, we also prepare wills, trusts, and living trusts; conduct estate tax shelter planning, and probate estates.