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"Gilfix & La Poll Associates helped make the confusing process of creating a special needs trust within our living trust extremely easy. They were very patient, explained all options in a clear, concise manner and created a sophisticated plan. I rest easier knowing that my family will be taken care of, should something happen to me." - S.H.

"I am personally familiar with the work of Gilfix and La Poll. Their expertise and advice regarding medi-cal, long term care, and special needs trusts is, in my opinion, the best in the bay area." - J.C.

"The best estate planning attorneys in CA. Highly recommend!" - J.A.

"Great attorneys, very thorough and very kind. They opened their home to my family and I when we came to establish our family trust." - R.L.

"Had a fantastic experience with Mark Gilfix. He is knowledgable, experienced and a great communicator--was able to break down a thorny problem for me and my wife and provided us with a clear course of action. We'd absolutely recommend him to anyone needing help with estate planning!" - T.K.

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Special Needs Trusts and Planning Lawyer

For Gilfix and La Poll, there is nothing more important than family. Like you, we believe that providing for your loved ones is not only a responsibility, but a privilege.

Each family faces unique challenges when addressing their long-term needs. This is especially true if you have an autistic child or family member with autism, child with special needs, or a family member who is unable to work or perhaps live independently.

For such individuals, a special needs trust is an ideal legal tool that provides them with a lifelong financial safety net without disturbing eligibility for vital government benefits. Assets held in a special needs trust are not counted when determining eligibility for such government programs as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medi-Cal.

Assets held in the special needs trust are used to supplement public benefits and pay for items and services that the public benefits system is unable to provide. For this reason, no trust is more important than a special needs trust.

Gilfix and La Poll specal needs planning attorneys often work with personal injury attorneys to ensure that settlements and awards do not disturb eligibility for Medi-Cal. Rather, such assets are placed in the special needs trust to remain available for the entire lifetime of an injured individual.

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The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. This web site and all business law related content is offered for informational purposes only and is not intended to serve as legal advice. Consult an attorney to receive advice about your specific legal needs. The attorneys at Gilfix & La Poll Associates LLP can help your family with special needs planning, special education advocacy, elder law, estate planning, Medicaid and Medi-Cal planning, and estate administration.